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'None survive' Turkey plane crash

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eTN, BBC, CNN,  Nov 30, 2007

'None survive' Turkey plane crash

All 56 people on board a passenger plane which crashed in the early hours in south-western Turkey have died, the airline's chief executive has said.
Initial reports from rescue helicopter teams found no survivors, said Tuncay Doganer, head of Atlasjet.

The plane was carrying 49 passengers and seven crew on board, he said.

The plane was on a domestic flight from Istanbul to the town of Isparta when it disappeared from radar screens shortly before it was due to land.

A local official said the pilot had already requested permission to land when contact was lost.
An image grab of the first video to come from the crash site shows the downed plane in southern Turkey.

"Search groups have not seen any survivors as of now," said Atlasjet CEO Tuncay Doganer. "We are hopeful to find some survivors."

The plane went down in a mountainous region near the village of Keciborlu, Doganer said.

Video from the crash site shows the fuselage of the plane largely intact but broken into at least three pieces, with the tail and cockpit separated from the body of the aircraft. There appeared to be no evidence of a fire.

The plane, which was carrying 49 passengers and seven crew, was en route from Istanbul to Isparta when the pilot radioed the tower, saying he was starting his descent. The flight never arrived at the Isparta airport, disappearing around 2 a.m. (7 p.m. ET Thursday).

The wreckage was reported to have been discovered near the town of Keciborlu, in the mountainous Isparta province.

A local reporter at the scene described luggage and debris strewn across a large area. Police have cordoned off the area.

Mr Doganer said the cause of the crash was not clear. He ruled out adverse weather conditions as a possible cause, saying visibility was good and there were no strong winds.

Turkish state television has been reading out a list of names of those on board and a crisis desk had been set up at Isparta's airport, reports say.

Worried relatives have begun arriving at airports in Istanbul and Isparta, waiting for news of their loved ones. Others have headed to the crash scene, local media reported.

The flight was operated by the privately-owned Atlasjet, a low-fare Turkish airline run by two Turkish tour operators, Etstur and Oger Tours.

An image grab of the first video to come from the crash site shows the downed plane in southern Turkey.

"Search groups have not seen any survivors as of now," said Atlasjet CEO Tuncay Doganer. "We are hopeful to find some survivors."

The plane went down in a mountainous region near the village of Keciborlu, Doganer said.

Video from the crash site shows the fuselage of the plane largely intact but broken into at least three pieces, with the tail and cockpit separated from the body of the aircraft. There appeared to be no evidence of a fire.

'None survive' Turkey plane crash
First video from the crash shows the plane



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