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Seven killed in Turkey military chopper crash: army

Update: July, 06/2016 - 11:45

ANKARA — Seven people, including children, were killed and eight others injured when a Turkish military helicopter crashed Tuesday, apparently in fog, in the northeastern province of Giresun, the army announced.

"Seven of our companions in arms, their wives and children have lost their lives," the army chief of staff said in a statement.

An earlier toll from Prime Minister Binali Yildirim spoke of at least five of the 15 aboard having died.

"There have been deaths and injuries," Yildirim told journalists in the western province in Izmir, adding that 15 people had been onboard.

CNN-Turk earlier reported that the Sikorsky S-70 crashed in bad weather at around 1430 GMT in Alucra, a mountainous area of Giresun, which lies on the Black Sea.

A brigadier general was among the passengers, the channel said, adding that the cause of the crash was not immediately known.

It added that the passengers included several other officers as well as civilians and three children -- relatives of soldiers. — AFP


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