Date: April 7, 1999
Where: Adana, Turkey
Report No.: Not Available
Report Date: -
This is not an accident investigation report.
ADANA, Turkey -- A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-400 plane crashed in
southeastern Turkey, killing all six crew members, the airline
said. No passengers were aboard.
The plane became engulfed in fire shortly after take-off and crashed into a
field outside the town of Ceyhan, about 25 miles east of Adana, according to
the Anatolia news agency quoting eyewitnesses.
No passengers were on board, it said. The plane took off from Adana airport
bound for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, but disappeared off radar screens shortly
after taking off and went down near the town of Ceyhan, some 40 km (25 miles)
Paramilitary police later found the wreckage spread over a 500 square metre
(yard) area. The plane had gouged a hole in the ground 10 metres (30 feet)
The jetliner was en route to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to bring back Turkish
pilgrims visiting Muslim holy cities.
Mehmet Oklu, local governor of the town of Ceyhan, said the wreckage was
found about 550 yards away from residential areas.
Authorities were searching the plane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data
recorder, the so-called black boxes, to determine the cause of the crash.