A helicopter has crashed into a television tower in dense fog, killing at least five people. The Sikorsky S-76 aircraft, owned by private firm Eczacibasi, crashed shortly after take off from the Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.
Taxi driver Fikret Karatekin told broadcaster CNN Turk the helicopter struck the tower before crashing on a road. “It hit the tower and crashed by spinning,” he said. Another witness said: “I was driving. I heard an explosion… we saw pieces falling out of the sky. There was a lot of smoke. It exploded like a bomb. At first we thought it was a terror attack or something.”Seven people were on board at the time – four Russians and three Turkish nationals including an executive of Eczacibasi and two pilots. Vasip Sahin, the governor of Istanbul, confirmed at least five people had been killed, adding that the cause of the crash was being investigated.