February 18, 1993 |
A general who led last year's campaign against separatist Kurds died Wednesday when his military plane went down in flames on the outskirts of Ankara. Interior Minister Ismet Sezgin told Parliament that the plane's twin engines failed. There was no immediate evidence of sabotage. Gen. Esref Bitlis, the commander of gendarme forces, was en route to Diyarbakir, the main city in the Kurdish-dominated southeast. Four other soldiers on the plane were killed.
October 22, 1989 |
Two Syrian MIG-21 jets intruded 12 miles into Turkish airspace and shot down a plane conducting a land survey, killing all five people on board, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. Two fliers, a surveyor, a photographer and an official aboard the twin-propeller plane were killed, a spokesman said. In Damascus, Syria ordered an inquiry into the incident and offered condolences to the Turkish government.
June 9, 1987
Turkish Prime Minister Turgut Ozal escaped injury when his small jet made an emergency landing at Istanbul airport. The prime minister's Gulfstream III executive jet skidded down the airport tarmac for several hundred yards after it crash-landed with its landing gear retracted shortly after takeoff, eyewitnesses said. Airport firemen dragged Ozal and other passengers out of the 19-seat plane through the cockpit window as the jet filled with smoke. Ozal was taken from the scene in a fire engine.