Jet Crash Kills Turkish Military Pilots

Turkish SF-260D training craft (file photo)

Turkey’s military has confirmed that two of its pilots were killed on Friday morning near Smyrna when their training jet crashed.

The SF-260D craft went down after taking off from the Cigli/Izmir 2nd Main Jet Base.  Wreckage was found about three kilometers (one mile) from the airstrip, the military said in a statement.

Although test flights are considered more risky than regular ones, Turkey’s military has been trying to renew its stock of fighter pilots following a huge purge of its military forces since the coup attempt of July 2016.



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