Sunday 22 April 2018

12 dead, including police and judge, after helicopter crashes in Turkey

Firemen investigting the wreckage of a US military UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on April 17, 2017 at the Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland, outside Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND TheBayNet.com / TheBayNet.com / XGTY
Firemen investigting the wreckage of a US military UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on April 17, 2017 at the Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland, outside Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND TheBayNet.com / TheBayNet.com / XGTY
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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All 12 people on board a police helicopter that crashed in south eastern Turkey have died, officials say.

Interior minister Suleyman Soylu said that search and rescue teams were sent to the area after the helicopter's signal was lost.

He said the accident was caused by bad weather conditions.

The helicopter disappeared 10 minutes after taking off from the town of Pulumur, in Tunceli province, the regional governor's office said.

It had been carrying seven police officers, a judge, a soldier and three crew members.

Reuters is reporting that heavy fog in the region made the rescue operation for the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopter difficult.

On Monday a Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a Maryland golf course in the US killing one crew member and injuring two others.

The cause of this crash is under investigation, the Army Military District of Washington said in a statement.

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