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Old 30th Nov 2007, 02:14   #1 (permalink)
 
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Turkish MD-83 Crash

Reuters reports:
(Reuters) - A Turkish plane with 59 people on board has gone missing in central Turkey, the private airline company AtlasJetair said on Friday.
The plane disappeared from radar screens shortly before it was due to land at Isparta, a town about 150 km (90 miles) north of the Mediterranean resort of Antalya.
Chief executive Tuncay Doganer told the CNN Turk broadcaster there were 49 passengers and seven crew. No further details were immediately available.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 02:19   #2 (permalink)
 
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Atlas Jet MD83 crashed while approaching to Isparta, Turkey. A/C Leased from World Focus.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 02:30   #3 (permalink)
 
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CORRECTED-Plane carrying 56 goes missing in central Turkey
(Corrects number of people on board to 56 from 59)
ANKARA, Nov 30 (Reuters) - A Turkish plane with 56 people on board has gone missing in central Turkey, the private airline company AtlasJetair said on Friday.
The plane disappeared from radar screens shortly before it was due to land at Isparta, a town about 150 km (90 miles) north of the Mediterranean resort of Antalya.
Chief executive Tuncay Doganer told the CNN Turk broadcaster there were 49 passengers and seven crew. No further details were immediately available
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 02:39   #4 (permalink)
 
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UPDATE 1-Plane carrying 56 goes missing in central Turkey
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ANKARA, Nov 30 (Reuters) - A Turkish plane with 56 people on board has gone missing in central Turkey, the private airline company AtlasJetair said on Friday.
The plane disappeared from radar screens shortly before it was due to land at Isparta, a town about 150 km (90 miles) north of the Mediterranean resort of Antalya.
AtlasJetair chief executive Tuncay Doganer told the CNN Turk broadcaster there were 49 passengers and seven crew aboard the aircraft, which was flying from Istanbul.
Turkey's state Anatolian news agency said aviation authorities lost contact with the plane at 2336 GMT on Thursday, just after the pilot said he was preparing to land at Isparta's Suleyman Demirel airport.
The agency said a crisis desk had been set up at the airport.
Isparta is a mountainous area of Turkey, which is now in the grip of winter with snow and fog common on higher ground across much of the country.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 03:18   #5 (permalink)
 
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Crash site found according to Spanish newspaper "El Mundo".
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Wreckage of Turkish plane found, says governor
ANKARA, Nov 30 (Reuters) - A Turkish regional governor confirmed the wreckage of a missing plane carrying 56 people had been found on Friday, hours after disappearing from radar screens, the state Anatolian news agency said.
Semsettin Uzun, governor of Isparta province in central Turkey, told the agency military aircraft had identified the wreckage in the mountainous region but had not yet been able to reach the site. There was no immediate word on casualties.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 04:29   #7 (permalink)
 
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From CNN:
The plane crashed near the village of Keciborlu, Turkish media reported, but officials at Atlasjet were not able to verify the information.

From the NY Times:

A rescue helicopter had reached the wreckage of the plane and reported back that no one had survived the crash.

Last edited by RiverCity; 30th Nov 2007 at 04:32. Reason: Update.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 06:19   #8 (permalink)
 
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http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/eu...jet/index.html
(CNN) -- A Turkish jetliner with 56 people onboard crashed in southern Turkey early Friday as the pilot was preparing to land in Isparta, according to Atlasjet's chief executive officer.
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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).

Atlasjet leased the plane from Worldfocus Airlines, whose pilots were flying it, Doganer said.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 06:39   #9 (permalink)
 
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Link to Video of crash site

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video...lane.crash.dha
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 06:41   #10 (permalink)
 
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According to the pictures from crash site ,looks like a slow speed impact, maybe stall due to engine out while on final or some kind of troubleclose to the ground. Definately low altitude thing....any news on crew reporting any difficulties during final???
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 06:48   #11 (permalink)
 
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looks like a slow speed impact, maybe stall due to engine out while on final or some kind of troubleclose to the ground.
Amazing - detailed report of the cause within a few hours of the accident
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 07:01   #12 (permalink)

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Looking at the video I'm suprised there are no survivors.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 07:19   #13 (permalink)
 
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 07:35   #14 (permalink)
 
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ETOPS; nothing is detailed It is an assumption in plane English...
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 07:46   #15 (permalink)
 
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Looking at the video I'm suprised there are no survivors.
I agree with SLF that looks quite surviable no fire and fairly intact at least 1 wing attached (only seen the photo) and fairly low speed impact, the only querry is I wonder how many vertical G`s on inpact.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22033274/
updated 2:16 a.m. ET Nov. 30, 2007

ANKARA, Turkey - An Atlasjet plane crashed shortly before it was to land in central Turkey early Friday, killing all 56 people on board, the airline’s chief executive said.

A rescue helicopter had reached the wreckage of the plane on a mountainous region near the town of Keciborlu, in Isparta province, and reported back that no one had survived the crash, airline CEO Tuncay Doganer said.

Doganer said the cause of the crash was not known. But he ruled out weather conditions as a possible cause, saying there was no fog or strong winds at the time of the crash.


The MD-83 jetliner with 49 passengers and seven crew members took off from Istanbul around 1 a.m., headed to Isparta, but went off the radar just before landing at the airport near the city of Isparta.

Helicopters took off from Ankara, the capital, to search for the plane. It was spotted some five hours after it went missing.

'No abnormal situation'
“There was no abnormal situation where weather conditions or the plane’s technical condition are concerned,” Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said.

A reporter for the state-run news agency, Anatolia, who reached the scene on board a police helicopter said bodies were lying around the wreckage, some still attached to their seats.

Pieces of the wreckage and personal belongings were strewn across a vast area. The plane’s front and rear were smashed. Rescue crews were seen placing the dead into body bags.

Soldiers had sealed off the area, keeping people from nearby villages from approaching the wreckage, Anatolia said.

Yildirim said the plane crashed some 7 miles from the airport.

The private airline, established in 2001, operates regular flights inside Turkey and chartered flights to Europe and other foreign destinations.

In 2005, one of its planes ran off a runway in winter conditions, but the company has not been involved in any fatal accidents. In August, one of its planes was hijacked by two men who held several passengers hostage for four hours until they surrendered.

Families of the passengers first rushed to the airports of Istanbul and Isparta for news of their loved ones and later began heading toward the crash scene, private NTV television reported.

In January 2003, a Turkish Airlines plane crashed while attempting to land on a fog-covered runway in the city of Diyarbakir, killing 75 people. Five people survived the crash with injuries.

In May that year, 62 Spanish soldiers returning from peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan and 13 crew members were killed aboard a Ukrainian charter flight that crashed on a fog-shrouded mountain slope near the Turkish Black Sea port city of Trabzon.

In 1994, a Turkish Airlines jet crashed as the pilot tried to land in a snowstorm despite repeated warnings from the control tower to turn back. Fifty-four people were killed.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 08:46   #17 (permalink)
 
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We really shouldn't be stoking rumour and speculation. If we do, we should go to a rumour forum.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/turkey/sto...219693,00.html

The above speculation about this being a slow speed impact has already been used by the Guardian
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 08:50   #19 (permalink)
 
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"No matter what measures you take, plane accidents happen... " said Transport Minister Binali Yildirim.

Great, that's really comforting for the victim's families at this time.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 08:50   #20 (permalink)
 
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The overwing exits are open, but it's probably due to the impact forces... the seats seemed in the right place at a glance. No fire, maybe they run out of fuel
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