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Four Russians Among Business Executives Killed In Istanbul Helicopter Crash

from ZeroHedge:

A helicopter carrying five high-level business executives, including four Russians, crashed onto a Turkish highway on Friday, after it hit a television tower in an outlying district of Istanbul while flying in dense fog, NTV television said. Seven people – two pilots, four Russians and a Turkish citizen – are reported to have been on board at the time of the crash.

Four Russians were killed in a helicopter crash in Istanbul, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Management Center said on its Twitter page on Friday. “Turkey – five people, including four Russians, died while two persons were injured as a result of a helicopter crash in Istanbul,” the Twitter message said.

The press office of Eczacibasi Group said the passengers included Russian citizens Alexander Vanin, Igor Kochergin, Lyudmila Chuprova and Yelena Badragan.

“It hit the tower and crashed by spinning,” an eyewitness told AP, claiming the helicopter hit the tower before crashing on the highway. Video from the crash site suggests that the helicopter collided with the Endem TV Tower. The structure is 236 meters (774ft) high with a viewing platform at 160 meters.

Photographs taken at the scene show flaming debris scattered on the road at the crash site in Buyukcekmece, on the outskirts of Istanbul. The mayor of Buyukcekmece, Hasan Akgun, told private NTV television that he saw five bodies at the crash site.

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