Saturday, July 16, 2011
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The Turkish Air Force says one of its small jet-powered planes has crashed on a training flight in western Turkey, killing two pilots aboard.
The air force says in a statement on its website that the T-37C light-attack aircraft went down near the town of Urla, after taking off from the Cigli air base on the outskirts of the Aegean port city of Izmir.
Cahit Kirac, the governor of Izmir, says the plane crashed into the sea and that rescue workers have reached the bodies of the pilots.
The T-37 Tweet first flew in 1955 and has become a favorite training plane around the world for being agile and responsive. The T-37 got its nickname from the high-pitched shrieking noise made by the aircraft's small jet intakes. Its production ended in 1975.