JUST IN: Seven Police Officers Killed In Fatal Plane Crash
Seven police officers were killed after their reconnaissance plane crashed in a mountain in the eastern province of Van, Turkey's Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Thursday.
“Our teams have informed us that we have lost seven heroes, two of them are the pilots,” Soylu told reporters, adding that the plane crashed at an altitude of 2,200 feet (670 metres) on Mount Artos.
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YANS gathered that the 2015 model-plane had been carrying out reconnaissance and surveillance in Van and Hakkari provinces since July 13, said Soylu.
Police superintendent Gökhun Mete Altunbaş, sub-inspector Samet Üstüner, sub-inspector İrfan Aydoğan, sub-inspector Semih Güzelay, police officer Mustafa Keskin, police officer Onur Ramazan Bayram and police officer Burak Derya were killed in the crash.
Altunbaş and Üstüner were the pilots of the plane, while Keskin was the flight technician.