Helicopter crashes in outskirts of Istanbul: 5 killed

Helicopter crashes in outskirts of Istanbul: 5 killed

The helicopter, which was owned by Turkey's Eczacibasi industrial group, was confirmed to have been carrying four Russian nationals by the Russian Foreign Ministry. In addition, footage from a helicopter showed rows of rescue vehicles at the crash site.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said that one Turkish passenger was also killed when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed on a highway on March 10, and that the two pilots survived.

Officials had earlier said five bodies were recovered from the scene of the crash, without providing information on the fate of two others.

Eyewitness Fikret Karatekin, a taxi driver, told CNN-Turk that the helicopter crashed into a TV tower before coming down on the highway.

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Authorities, however, didn't rule out a technical fault as the cause of the crash.

Bulent Eczacibasi, head of the conglomerate, said in televised comments that "four Russian guests" were on board the aircraft as well as a company executive.

The tower, which is no longer used for transmitting television signals but has a restaurant at the top, didn't appear damaged afterwards.

The Turkish national on board ran the company's operations in Russian Federation, he said.