Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul, 4 soldiers killed

ISTANBUL — Four Turkish soldiers die while another is fighting for life after their helicopter crashes into a residential area of Istanbul.

Even though the helicopter struck a four-storey building before crashing, there are no civilian casualties, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

The UH-1 helicopter, which was on a training flight, ended up on a street in Istanbul’s Sancaktepe neighborhood — on the Asian side of the city that straddles two continents — while trying to make an emergency landing, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar tells reporters at the scene of the crash.

The helicopter appears to have turned over and debris from the crash scattered around the street, according to video footage from the scene.

Akar says the pilot appeared to be trying to land the helicopter, which was on its way to the air force base of Samandira, near Sancaktepe, on an empty plot of land in order to prevent civilian deaths.

— AP

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