A spy plane crashed in eastern Turkey and 7 security personnel died as a result. This was reported by TRT Haber on Thursday, July 16, citing a statement by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
According to him, a spy plane crashed in Van Province.
It is noted that the plane took off from Van Ferit Melen airport at 18:34 local time (coinciding with Moscow time) to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance work in Hakkari and Van provinces. There were two pilots and five policemen on board.
The plane disappeared from the radar at 10:45 p.m. and radio communication with the pilots was also lost. The crash is believed to have occurred in the area of Mount Arthos and the plane wreckage is being searched there.
On July 13, it was reported that a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter crashed when it landed at Holloman Air Base in New Mexico. The pilot was able to eject.