Eleven Turkish Soldiers Killed In Helicopter Crash
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Fri 05th March 2021 | 01:40 AM
Istanbul, March 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Mar, 2021 ) :Eleven Turkish soldiers were killed when their military helicopter crashed in heavy weather in the country's southeast on Thursday, the defence ministry said.
Erbas is officially listed as the head of the Turkish army's 8th Corps.
The defence ministry said contact with the helicopter was lost in the Bitlis province 30 minutes after it had taken off.
It initially said nine soldiers were killed and four wounded before revising the death toll to 11 late Thursday.
"We share the deep sorrow of Turkey for the loss of nine military personnel in Bitlis," said the EU's Turkey ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, whose bloc will review its relations with Ankara at a summit in Brussels later this month.
A Turkish diplomatic source said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg offered his condolences in a telephone call with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and added the alliance "stood in solidarity with Turkey".
The Turkish defence ministry said the accident involved a Cougar helicopter but provided no details about the model.
The accident occurred in a region where Turkish forces regularly conduct military operations against outlawed Kurdish militias.