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Two die in plane crash in northwestern Turkey

In Aegean coastal town, plane crashes while landing, for reasons unknown

Handan Kazancı   | 01.07.2016
Two die in plane crash in northwestern Turkey

Ankara

By Suat Salgın, Hakan Firik

BALIKESIR, Turkey 

Two people died on Friday after a training plane crashed in Turkey’s northwestern province of Balikesir, authorities said.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Namik Kemal Nazli, the governor of Balikesir’s district of Ayvalik, on the Aegean Sea, said that the training plane crashed for reasons unknown after taking off from a landing field belonging to the Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK).

The victims were identified as THK Ayvalik branch Chair Mustafa Dogrular, 60, and a 25-year-old aviation student from Istanbul called Yusuf.

“We have forwarded the case to authorities of Balikesir Koca Seyit Airport,” said Nazli.

The TC-ABY model airplane crashed during landing. The airplane was completely wrecked, according to photos from the scene.

Local firefighters also cooled off the plane, as it was leaking fuel.

*Anadolu Agency's Handan Kazanci contributed to this report from Istanbul.


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