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Turkish pilot dies in plane crash

Turkish pilot dies in plane crash

A Turkish pilot has been killed in an incident where he lost control of the aircraft and went down during an acrobatic aerial display in Turkey’s southern city of Adana.

The pilot, identified as Murat Ozturk, was making a final maneuver during an international air show in the Suluca region of the city, situated about 480 kilometers (some 300 miles) southeast of the capital, Ankara, on Sunday.

The plane crashed into a corn field as the 60-year-old pilot was flying low and struck a tree.

There were no other casualties in the crash and there was no immediate information on the plane’s type.

The dead pilot was reportedly one of the most experienced Turkish acrobatic show pilots.

The air show was part of public holiday festivities marking Turkey’s Youth and Sports Day.

On May 13, the pilot of a Turkish F-16 fighter jet was found dead after the aircraft crashed near the Syrian border.

The Turkish military had earlier said the pilot took off from an airbase in Merzifon in northern Turkey, and last communicated with the base while on mission in the Amanos mountains near the Syrian border.

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