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Seven Turkish Security Personnel Killed in Reconnaissance Plane Crash

Seven Turkish security personnel were killed after their reconnaissance plane crashed in the Kurdish province of Van, the country’s interior minister said earlier on Thursday.

“Our teams have informed us that we have lost seven heroes, two of them are the pilots,” Anadolu Agency quoted Minister Suleyman Soylu.

The plane crashed at an altitude of 2,200 meters (7218 feet) on Mount Artos, the minister stated, adding that the 2015 model-plane was missioned for reconnaissance and surveillance in Van and Hakkari provinces since Monday.

The aircraft took off from Van Ferit Melen Airport at 6.35 p.m. local time (1535GMT), and radar communication were completely stopped at around 10.45 p.m. (1945GMT). Source