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Istanbul: Training plane crashes in empty lot

Pilot injured when plane suffering engine failure makes emergency landing in Turkey's commercial capital

Guc Gonel, Fatih Caglar Demirbas and Muhammed Enes Can   | 22.10.2020
Istanbul: Training plane crashes in empty lot Plane wreckage is seen after the training plane taking off from Istanbul Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi Airport crashed into an empty land in Buyukcekmece district because of engine failure in Istanbul, Turkey on October 22, 2020. ( Fatih Çağlar Demirbaş - Anadolu Agency )

ISTANBUL

A training plane crashed in Turkey’s Istanbul province on Thursday, injuring the pilot, officials said.

After taking off from Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi Airport, at around 11.00 a.m. local time (0800GMT) the plane made an emergency landing in an empty lot in the Buyukcekmece district due to engine failure, said a statement by the provincial governorship.

The injured pilot was taken to the hospital by an air ambulance.

Training plane crashes in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 22: Members of gendarmaries and emergency team members work around the plane wreckage after the training plane taking off from Istanbul Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi Airport crashed into an empty land in Buyukcekmece district because of engine failure in Istanbul, Turkey on October 22, 2020. ( Muhammed Enes Yıldırım - Anadolu Agency )

Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), firefighters, and other first responders reached the accident scene after the crash.

Local prosecutors have launched an investigation into the incident.

* Writing by Seda Sevencan

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