Saturday, July 25, 2009

Two pilots survive F-4 Phantom jet crash in Turkey


Two pilots were slightly injured when a military training plane crashed in the eastern province of Malatya on Thursday, news agencies reported.The pilots parachuted to safety moments before the F-4 Phantom jet crashed into an empty field after takeoff from the Erhaç Air Base in Malatya. Gov. Mehmet Ulvi Saran said the pilots were hospitalized after the incident, which took place near Mısırdere village in the Yazıhan district.According to Yazıhan Mayor Ali Kaya, the plane crashed after it lost its fuel tank. Witnesses told the Doğan news agency that the plane was in flames while it was losing altitude.The cause of the crash will be determined after an investigation.

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