5 Die As Helicopter Crashes Into TV Tower

TURKEY-RUSSIA-HELICOPTER-CRASHFive people died after a helicopter following a helicopter crash into a television tower in Istanbul. A dense fog is believed to have led to the accident.

The aircraft, Sikorsky S-76 aircraft, belongs to a private firm Eczacibasi and crashed shortly after take off from the city’s Ataturk Airport.

Taxi driver Fikret Karatekin told broadcaster CNN Turk the helicopter struck the tower before crashing on a road.

“It hit the tower and crashed by spinning,” he said.

Another witness said: “I was driving. I heard an explosion… we saw pieces falling out of the sky.

“There was a lot of smoke. It exploded like a bomb. At first we thought it was a terror attack or something,”

Seven people were on board at the time – four Russians and three Turkish nationals including an executive of Eczacibasi and two pilots.

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