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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fatal crash in Malatya raises questions over capability of fighters

RF-4E Phantom IIA debate has begun on the safety of an ageing type of fighter jet used by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) after two Turkish RF-4E reconnaissance aircraft crashed, killing all four pilots, during an a training exercise in the province of Malatya on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the TSK, contact was lost with the RF-4E Phantom reconnaissance aircraft soon after they took off from the Malatya air base for planned night training on Tuesday evening. "Search operations were started immediately.

At 20:45 the wreckage of our two planes was discovered and unfortunately four pilots have been martyred," said the statement. The planes crashed in the Ekinciler area of Malatya's Akcadag district. No reason was given for the crash.

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