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Plane crash reported in southern Turkey


A plane has allegedly crashed in Turkey's southern Hatay province, but no wreckage has been found yet, according to the local governor, APA reports quoting Anadolu.

 

Governor of Hatay province Erdal Ata said he had received reports claiming a plane crash near the village of Yaylacik in central Antakya.

 

"We think the plane belongs to Syria," Ata said, confirming no Turkish Armed Forces nor civil aviation flight was scheduled in the area.

 

The governor also said the plane may have crashed on Syrian land.

 

Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition has told Anadolu Agency that they shot down a plane belonging to the regime. 


The plane was allegedly bombing Idlib province in northern Syria when it was shot down by the opposition forces, said group spokesman of Ahrar al-Sham Ahmed Karaali.

 

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also confirmed that a crash was reported.

 

"Reportedly, a Syrian regime plane crashed around Hatay's Samandag Yaylacik region," he said

 

Yildirim said it was not clear yet whether the plane crashed on Turkish or Syrian soil.

 

Search and rescue operations were initiated in the region, the governor added.

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