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13 martyred in military helicopter crash in Turkey

Baku, June 1, AZERTAC

Thirteen people were martyred Wednesday in a crash of a Cougar-type military helicopter in the southern province of Sirnak, according to the Turkish General Staff, Anadolu Agency reports.

The crash occurred after hitting a high-voltage power line three minutes after take off, the province governor’s office said in a statement.

All 13 military personnel aboard perished in the crash, said the Turkish General Staff.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was informed about the accident and conveyed his condolence to Turkish Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar, who went to scene, according to presidential sources.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and his wife visited the family of Maj. Gen. Aydogan Aydin who was martyred in the crash. "May Allah rest their souls of our heroes who were martyred in this painful event that grieved us deeply,” he said in a statement.

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