Helicopter accident occurred in Turkey
Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar made a statement regarding the helicopter accident that took place in Bitlis and in which 11 of our soldiers martyred, “According to the first information and eyewitnesses, the accident is considered to have occurred due to suddenly changing adverse weather conditions,” he said.
Furthermore, with the Cougar-type helicopter belonging to the Land Forces Command. Which departed at 13.55 today to go from Bingöl to Tatvan, the contact lost at 14.25. Search studies started in the region with UAV, CN-235 aircraft and a helicopter. Moreover, As a result of the searches, it is determined that the helicopter totally damage. Two soldiers, including 11 soldiers, including 8th Corps Commander Lieutenant General Osman Erbaş, martyred and 2 soldiers injured. After the accident burned the hearts of Turkey Elazig outgoing Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Bitlis, he made a statement on the helicopter crash occurred in Tatvan town.
“THE CONDITION OF THE INJURED SOLDIERS IS GOOD”
Minister Akar, where his statement, to go from Bingol Tatvan, He stated that the “Cougar” type helicopter belonging to the Land Forces Command, which took off at 13.55, accidentally broken. Stating that 11 personnel martyred and 2 personnel injured as a result of the accident. Akar said, “The treatment of our injured in the hospital is continuing. Their condition is good, he said.
“THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST EXAMINATION INDICATE THAT THE ACCIDENT dueIS CAUSED BY THE SUDDEN AIR CHANGE“
Akar made the following statements regarding the crash of the helicopter. According to the first information and the testimony of the witnesses. They consider that the accident occurred because of the sudden change in adverse weather. Meanwhile, Investigations will start today. I wish mercy from Allah to our heroic comrades who martyred in this handicapped accident. My condolences and patience to our precious families, relatives, TAF and our noble nation, and wish immediate recovery to our injured personnel.”
IDENTITIES OF MARTYR SOLDIERS
The National Defense Ministry announced the identity of 11 soldiers who martyred in the military helicopter crash in Tatvan. According to the statement made by the Ministry, Lieutenant General Osman Erbaş (Yozgat-Yerköy), Petty Officer Senior Sergeant Nazmi Yılmaz (Kahramanmaraş-Afşin), Colonel Şentürk Aydınyer (Kars), Captain Salih Sarıoğlu (Samsun-Bafra), Petty Officer Senior Sergeant Mehmet Demir (Kahramanmaraş-Onikişubat), Petty Officer Senior Sergeant Ömer Umulu (Kırıkkale), Pilot Captain Tayfun Kureş (Trabzon-Of), Pilot Captain Gökhan Uysal (Afyonkarahisar-Dinar), Petty Officer Senior Sergeant Şükrü Karadirek (Afyonkarahisar), Specialist Sergeant Tolga Demirci (Kayseri-Pınarbaşı) and Specialist Sergeant Hakan Gül (Amasya) were martyred, and the injured were Major Alptekin Köprülü (Gümüşhane) and Captain Ender Uzunçakmak (Ordu-Kabadüz).
THE 4TH ACCIDENT IN COUGAR TYPE HELICOPTERS
The French-German joint design AS532 Cougar helicopters, which have served since 1996, have crashed before. 28 soldiers martyred in 3 accidents in which this type of helicopter previously involved in our country. With today’s accident, this number increased to 39. ERDOĞAN RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM THE MINISTER AKAR ABOUT THE ACCIDENT
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received information about the incident from Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar. meanwhile, the statement made by the Presidential Directorate of Communications, Erdogan, who closely followed the search and rescue efforts from the first moment of the accident, expressed his condolences to the martyrs. However, their families and the Turkish Armed Forces, and wished healing to the wounded soldiers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke on the phone with Yiğitalp Erbaş, the son of the martyred Lieutenant General Osman Erbaş, and conveyed his condolences. During the meeting, President Erdoğan expressed his sorrow for the death of Lieutenant General Osman Erbaş, who provided important services to the country and the nation and expressed his gratitude to the martyred commander and his condolences to his family and loved ones.
SOYLU AND AKAR WENT TO THE REGION
Hulusi Akar moved to the region to make examinations with the Chief of General Staff, General Yaşar Güler, and the Commander of the Land Forces, General Ümit Dündar. Minister Akar and commanders came to the region. Likewise, Minister Akar and his commanders will make examinations in the region where the accident took place. 9 of our heroic comrades in the helicopter martyred and 4 injured. Our condolences and patience, we wish our injured personnel a speedy recovery.
KORGENERAL OSMAN ERBAŞ
It was learned that one of the martyrs in the helicopter that fell in Bitlis was Elazig 8th Corps Commander Lieutenant General Osman Erbaş.
NATO SECRETARY GENERAL PASSED ITS FRESH
Accident of the military helicopter taking off from Bingöl. He gave condolences to the soldiers who died as a result of his death. According to the information obtained from diplomatic sources, Stoltenberg conveyed his condolences to Çavuşoğlu for the soldiers who martyred in the helicopter accident in Tatvan. Stoltenberg said that NATO’s solidarity with Turkey.