Police helicopter crashes in southeastern Turkey

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A police helicopter flies over a member of security forces as people are escorted by security forces towards the courthouse in Mugla, western Turkey, on February 20, 2017.

Diyarbakir (Turkey), April 18 (IANS/AKI) A police helicopter crashed in a remote, mountainous area of eastern Turkey on Tuesday, killing all 12 people on board, including a judge, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

Contact was lost with the Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk-type helicopter at 11.50 a.m., Soylu told journalists. It took the rescue teams several hours to find the helicopter wreckage due to altitude, adverse weather conditions and low visibility.

"According to the initial investigation at the scene, the incident is not a terrorist attack, but is caused by the bad weather conditions", the Tunceli Governor's Office said in a statement.

The region is home to the Munzur mountains, where local media reported heavy fog.

Turkish helicopter crashed in the province of Tunceli. He said rescue teams could not reach the area by helicopter.

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