Rescue employees, troopers and civilians stroll across the wreckage of a army helicopter that crashed on March 4, 2021, close to the Turkish jap metropolis of Bitlis. — AFP

ISTANBUL: A Turkish army helicopter crashed within the southeast of the nation leaving 9 troopers useless and 4 wounded, the defence ministry mentioned Thursday.

“9 heroic troopers fell as martyrs and 4 had been injured within the accident,” which occurred within the Bitlis province, the ministry mentioned in an announcement.

The ministry mentioned the accident concerned a Cougar helicopter however supplied no particulars in regards to the mannequin.

The Cougar household of multi-purpose helicopters had been developed by France and are actually produced by Airbus.

The defence ministry mentioned contact was misplaced with the helicopters 30 minutes after take off.

Its groups discovered the wreckage after launching a search with drones, a transport plane and a helicopter.

The ministry assertion mentioned a search on website “decided that the helicopter was broken by an accident” however supplied no different particulars.

It added that the injured had been being transported to hospital.

Turkish forces have been conducting army operations towards outlawed Kurdish militias throughout the southeast for years.

In 2017, a army helicopter crashed within the southeastern Sirnak province close to Turkey´s border with Syria and Iraq, killing 13 troopers.

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