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    Six Dead, Two Severe Injuries in Turkish Military Helicopter Crash

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    Six sercivemen died in the crash of military helicopter crash in northeastern Turkey’s Giresun province, according to local media.

    ANKARA/MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Six soldiers died and two were critically injured in a military helicopter crash in northeastern Turkey’s Giresun province, Turkish media reported Tuesday.

    The death and injuries reported by Turkey's Daily Sabah English-language newspaper follow claims that low flying over highlands in the province's Alucra district may have caused the accident. Other initial findings allege poor weather conditions were to blame for the crash of the Sikorsky S-70.

    The unconfirmed findings claim that anywhere from 11 to 15 personnel were on board the helicopter, including a brigadier major, a colonel, and two majors. They were said to be heading to regional outposts to take part in celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was said to contact the Turkish Armed Forces for further information, while Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli was headed to the scene of the crash.


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