The number of soldiers killed in the helicopter crash in Bitlis Tatvan countryside increased to 11, and 2 soldiers were injured. Lieutenant General Osman Erbaş, Commander of the 8th Corps, is among the soldiers who were martyred. Crashed military helicopter Cougar type French German joint design.
According to the statement made by the Ministry of National Defense, 11 soldiers were martyred. About to go to Tatvan from Bingöl
With a Cougar type helicopter belonging to the Land Forces Command, which took off at 13.55, the contact was lost at 14.25. As a result of the searches, it was determined that the helicopter was damaged by accident. 9 of the soldiers in the helicopter were martyred and 4 were injured. In the last statement made by the Ministry, it was stated that the number of martyred soldiers increased to 11.
Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar went to the 8th Corps Command in Elazig with Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler and Land Forces Commander General Ümit Dündar, and received information about the crash of the military helicopter.
Minister Akar stated in the statement he made here that the "Cougar type" helicopter belonging to our Land Forces Command, departing at 13.55 from Bingöl to Tatvan, was accidentally broken.
Stating that 11 personnel were martyred and 2 personnel were injured as a result of the accident, Minister Akar said, “The treatment of our injured in the hospital continues. They are in good condition, ”he said. Minister Akar made the following statements regarding the crash of the helicopter:
“According to preliminary information and witnesses' statements, it is considered that the accident occurred due to suddenly changing adverse weather conditions. The necessary instructions were immediately given to the accident crushing team. Investigations will begin today. The exact cause of this painful event will be determined as a result of detailed examination. From the first moment, all kinds of support was provided by the relevant public institutions and organizations in a short time, by mobilizing all means, both in search and rescue efforts and in the evacuation of our martyrs and injured. Our pain is great, we are in deep sorrow as a nation. Our condolences and patience to our heroic comrades-in-arms who were martyred in this handful accident, which led us to deep pain and sorrow, to their precious families, relatives, TAF and our noble nation; I wish immediate recovery to our injured personnel. "