13 Turkish troops die in helicopter crash near Iraq border


ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey’s military says 13 soldiers have died in a helicopter crash the border with Iraq.

A military statement said the AS532 Cougar helicopter crashed Wednesday shortly after taking off from a base in the region of Senoba in Sirnak province.

It said initial information indicated that the helicopter hit a high-voltage transmission line.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Turkish officials say a military helicopter has crashed near Turkey’s border with Iraq after hitting a high-voltage transmission line. There was no immediate word on any casualties.

The governor’s office for the province of Sirnak said the Cougar type helicopter crashed near the town of Uludere on Wednesday, three minutes after taking off.

Turkish media reports said the helicopter was carrying about a dozen officers and soldiers.

The crash occurred as Turkish troops are engaged in operations against Kurdish militants in a mountainous region of Sirnak province.


This story has corrected the day of the crash to Wednesday, not Thursday.