A Helicopter carrying 12 people, including seven police officers, a judge, a sergeant and three crew members , has crashed in Turkey’s eastern Tunceli province.
A military unit and a 10-person team from the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) were immediately dispatched to the area between Pülümür and Ovacık districts for search and rescue activities.
Tunceli Governorate said in a statement that authorities lost signal of the helicopter, which took off at around 11:40 a.m. from Tunceli’s Pülümür district. The governorate also added that bad weather conditions are being considered as a possible cause for the crash.
A helicopter crew member called the emergency service after the crash and reported injured people, media sources said.
The crash comes as Turkey has been facing heavy rainfall and fog across the country.