Small plane crashes in Turkey, two killed: official

A private training plane crashed on Sunday in northwestern Turkey near Istanbul, killing its two-member crew, Anatolia news agency reported citing local officials.

The small propeller plane plunged into the sea near Tekirdag, a city located about 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Istanbul, district governor Irfan Demiroz told Anatolia.

"We have unfortunately discovered the bodies of the pilots along with some parts of the wreckage...It is highly likely the plane crashed due to unfavourable weather conditions," Demiroz said.

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Bodies of the two pilots, a professional teacher and a student, were found at the bottom of the Marmara sea where the plane crashed, he added.

The plane took off from Istanbul and was headed for Edremit, a port town along the Aegean Sea.

The accident occurred as strong southwesterly winds hit Aegean and Marmara coastlines, sinking dozens of boats near Edremit and causing property damage but no casualties, according to a report by the Anatolia.

by Ines Bel Aiba © 2012 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Aug 12, 2012