- Title: TURKEY: Bodies of plane crash victims in Turkey are delivered to their families
- Date: 1st December 2007
- Summary: RELATIVES OF VICTIMS IN FRONT OF HOSPITAL RELATIVES OF VICTIM CRYING ON BENCH SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE RELATIVE OF VICTIM CRYING ON BENCH RELATIVE OF VICTIM BEING ESCORTED RELATIVES OF VICTIMS CRYING RELATIVE OF VICTIM CRYING AND USING A MOBILE PHONE VARIOUS OF AMBULANCES ARRIVING AT THE HOSPITAL
- Reuters ID: LVAWP9BY2EAQAW1S3V7YF44FOVI
- Location: Turkey
- Country: Turkey
- Duration: 00:01:21
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Story Text: The bodies of 57 people killed in a plane crash near the Turkish city of Isparta in central Turkey are delivered to their families.
The bodies of plane crash victims killed when a plane crashed near the Turkish city of Isparta on Friday (November 30th) have been delivered to their families.
Fifty-three of the bodies have been recovered from the crash site. A Turkish domestic airliner, operated by Atlasjet, crashed in the mountains earlier in the day, killing all 57 people on board.
The death toll, previously reported as 56, rose to 57 as a baby on the plane had not been counted, Turkish Pilots Association Chairman Tuna Gurel told a news conference.
Six of the crash victims were nuclear physicians traveling to Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta for an academic seminar on nuclear physics. One of them, Professor Engin Arik of Bogazici University was working on the ATLAS experiment at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN).
The cause of the crash was not clear as weather conditions were normal and the aircraft had no known technical problems.
The 165-seat MD 83 plane, manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, crashed in the early hours of Friday outside Keciborlu, a town some 12 km (7.5 miles) from Isparta's Suleyman Demirel airport, shortly before it was due to land.
Media reports said emergency workers had retrieved the plane's "black boxes", or data recorders, which were expected to shed light on the cause of the crash.
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