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.
February 9, 1995 |
A Turkish F-16 warplane crashed into the Aegean Sea after Greek fighters scrambled to drive it off as an intruder, a Greek air force spokesman said in Athens. No shots were fired. In Ankara, Turkey played down the incident and said the pilot was on a training flight in international airspace when his plane crashed due to a technical error. The pilot, who ejected before the crash, was picked up by the Greek coast guard after about 30 minutes in the water, the Greek spokesman said.
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.
May 17, 2001 |
A military transport plane carrying Special Forces soldiers crashed in southern Turkey, killing all 34 people on board in one of the country's worst military air disasters. The twin-engine plane was flying from the southeastern city of Diyarbakir to the capital, Ankara, when it dove into an orchard in Malatya province, 155 miles northwest of Diyarbakir, witnesses said. The cause of the crash was under investigation, but a military official blamed a technical malfunction.
May 19, 2001 |
A Turkish military plane crashed near the capital, Ankara, killing all four people on board in the second such disaster in three days. Three Spanish technicians and one Turk died. The turboprop plane crashed near a military base just hours before a funeral for some of the 34 soldiers killed in a similar incident Wednesday. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit attended the official ceremony in Ankara along with 3,000 military officials and civilians.
January 3, 1988 |
A West German chartered airliner carrying 16 people crashed in mountainous countryside near Turkey's western coast Saturday night. All aboard were feared killed, the Anatolia news agency reported. The Boeing 737, en route from Stuttgart, West Germany, to Izmir, crashed about 8:30 p.m. near Izmir, 200 miles south of Istanbul, the agency said. The plane was operated by Condor, a subsidary of the West German airline Lufthansa.