7 Killed in Eastern Turkey as Reconnaissance plane crashes

7 killed as Reconnaissance plane crashes in eastern Turkey

Seven Turkish security personnel were killed when a reconnaissance plane crashed in the eastern province of Van, the state-owned news agency Anadolu quoted the interior minister on Thursday as saying.

Suleyman Soylu said the plane had crashed at an altitude of 2,200 feet (670 metres) on a mountain. The two pilots were among the dead, Anadolu quoted him as saying.

Crash investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident, NTV said. Broadcaster NTV quoted Soylu as saying Wednesday was getting the last touch from the plane at 10.32 pm (1932 GMT). 13 Minutes later the plane vanished from radar.

Turkey’s security forces have been fighting militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey in a war that has killed over 40,000 people. In 1984 the PKK took up arms against the Turkish state and launched an insurrection in the predominantly Kurdish southeast for autonomy.