Turkish military says warplane crashed near Diyarbakır

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A video journalist captures footage beside the wreckage of a Turkish F16 war plane which crashed in Diyarbakir on December 12, 2016. A Turkish fighter jet crashed near an airport in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, the military said, but the pilot was able to safely eject from the plane.The cause of the crash was not immediately known but the government said an investigation had been launched. ILYAS AKENGIN / AFP

 

The Turkish military issued a statement on Monday reporting that a fighter jet had crashed near Diyarbakır during a training mission.

No casualties were reported as the pilot ejected safely from the plane and the jet crashed in an empty area.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said at a press briefing that the first findings point to a technical problem with the F-16 jet.

The F-16 crash caused panic among locals who thought it could be a terrorist attack amid a rash of explosions in Turkey throughout the year.

The Turkish military has been conducting an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Syria.

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