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Seven dead after Turkish helicopter carrying military officers crashes

Published 05/07/2016

PM Binali Yildirim said the helicopter most likely crashed due to adverse weather conditions
PM Binali Yildirim said the helicopter most likely crashed due to adverse weather conditions

A helicopter carrying military personnel and their family members has crashed in Turkey's Black Sea region, killing seven people on board, an official said.

Eight others were injured, the official added.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that a terror attack was not suspected and that the helicopter most likely crashed due to adverse weather conditions.

The helicopter was transporting a lieutenant general, a colonel and two majors, according to the Dogan news agency.

It crashed in the north-eastern province of Giresun as the military staff returned from visiting troops for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Mr Yildirim said the lieutenant general was not among the killed.

AP

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