Turkish military helicopter crashes in claw-lock operation range, Kurdistan Region

A Turkish army helicopter flying over mountains in the province of Sirnak, near the Turkish-Iraqi border, south-eastern Turkey. (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkish military helicopter crashed on Sunday while flying over the Kurdistan Region with 8 onboard, rescue operations are still ongoing, the Ministry of Defense said.  

Turkey’s Ministry of Defense on Monday announced that at around 2345 local time on Sunday a military helicopter crashed in the Kurdistan Region due to a technical failure with 8 personnel on board.

“8 people were onboard, seven of them were rescued and the other one is still missing,” it said.

The helicopter was Skorsky type, it crashed in the claw-lock operation region, a cross-border operation launched earlier by Turkey to eliminate suspected Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) positions in the Kurdistan Region.

The rescued ones are in a good health while search and Rescue activities continue for the missing person in the region, said the ministry.

Turkey regularly launches cross-border operations deep into the Kurdistan Region territory against the Kurdish armed groups and particularly the PKK which launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984.


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