A Turkish Airlines flight crashed Wednesday as it tried to land at an airport in southeastern Turkey, killing at least 72 people, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said.
The plane, which was on its way from Istanbul, crashed in the city of Diyarbakir, Anatolia news agency reported. Private NTV television said the plane crashed in heavy fog.
NTV television quoted Aksu as saying that the plane carried 77 people and that there were only five survivors.
The RJ-100 passenger aircraft crashed in a military area near the airport, and soldiers were helping to evacuate the injured, CNN-Turk television reported.
The five injured were evacuated to the main hospital in Diyarbakir, about 1,000 kilometer southeast of Istanbul. CNN-Turk television added the injured were in shock but had no life threatening injuries. (Albawaba.com)