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2 killed in training plane crash in Turkey

Updated: 2012-08-13 10:17
( Xinhua)

ANKARA, Turkey - Two pilots were killed after a training plane crashed into the Sea of Marmara off the coast of Tekirdag province in northwestern Turkey on Sunday, local newspaper Hurriyet Daily News reported on its website.

The CIRRUS-type plane, with two pilots on board, reportedly lost contact with air control about 4 kilometers off the coast of Marmara Eregli, 90 kilometers west of Istanbul, an official named Irfan Demiroz was quoted by semi-official Anatolia news agency as saying.

Turkish police and coast guard team were then dispatched to the area for search and rescue. The teams conducted a search in the Marmara Eregli district of Tekirdag province to locate the wreckage of a training plane that lost contact with air traffic control.

The teams later found the bodies of pilot Hikmet Arat and pilot- in-training Liza Senel.

Demiroz earlier said the two pilots aboard the plane were missing, adding that the plane was en route from Istanbul's Hezarfen Airport to the western town of Edremit.

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