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56 Dead In Turkish AtlasJetair Plane Crash


56 Dead in Turkish Plane Crash

A Turkish passenger plane has crashed in southwestern Turkey, killing all 56 people onboard. Airline officials say rescue teams reached the crash site and reported that there were no survivors.

The privately operated AtlasJetair jetliner, with 49 passengers and seven crew members, crashed early Friday in a mountainous region near the city of Isparta, shortly after the pilot reported that he was preparing to land at the city's airport.

Officials say there was no indication of any technical problem and that weather conditions in the area also were normal.

Turkey's transport ministry says experts are looking for the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders, which could help determine the cause of the crash. The ministry says the plane went down only a short distance from the runway.

The McDonell Douglas MD-83 plane was on a flight from Istanbul to Isparta, about 150-kilometers north of the Mediterranean resort of Antalya.

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