- The helicopter crashed within the southeast of the nation, says defence ministry.
- Ministry says the accident concerned a Cougar helicopter.
- Contact was misplaced with the helicopters half-hour after take off.
9 Turkish troopers have been killed and 4 wounded on Thursday when their navy helicopter crashed within the southeast of the nation, the defence ministry mentioned.
“Nine heroic soldiers fell as martyrs and four were injured in the accident,” which occurred within the Bitlis province, the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
The ministry mentioned the accident concerned a Cougar helicopter however offered no particulars in regards to the mannequin.
The Cougar household of multi-purpose helicopters have been developed by France and are actually produced by Airbus.
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The defence ministry mentioned contact was misplaced with the helicopters half-hour after take off.
Its groups discovered the wreckage after launching a search with drones, a transport plane and a helicopter.
The ministry assertion mentioned a search on website “determined that the helicopter was damaged by an accident” however offered no different particulars.
It added that the injured have been being transported to hospital.
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Turkish forces have been conducting navy operations in opposition to outlawed Kurdish militias throughout the southeast for years.
In 2017, a navy helicopter crashed within the southeastern Sirnak province close to Turkey’s border with Syria and Iraq, killing 13 troopers.