Turkish troops die in helicopter crash near Iraq border

It said initial information indicated that the helicopter hit a high-voltage transmission line.

Thirteen people were martyred Wednesday in a crash of a Cougar-type military helicopter in the southern province of Sirnak, according to the Turkish General Staff.

Other media reports said there were six other officers on board.

Wreckage of a Cougar military helicopter, in which 13 Turkish soldiers died when it crashed after getting caught in a high-voltage power line, is seen in the Senoba district of southeastern Sirnak province, Turkey June 1, 2017.


"As a result of the painful accident, our hero comrades in the helicopter fell as martrys", the statement said.

Search and rescue units have reportedly been dispatched to the area.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was briefed about the accident after chairing the country's top National Security Council meeting in Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu also arrived in Sirnak to examine the scene.


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