Fatal Atlasjet plane crash claims lives of 6 academics

Six academics were among those who lost their lives when an Atlasjet plane crashed on its approach to the Isparta airport on Friday.

Fatal Atlasjet plane crash claims lives of 6 academics

An Atlasjet MD-83 plane, with 57 people on board, six of whom were academics, was on a flight from İstanbul to Isparta in southwestern Turkey when it crashed on approach to Isparta early Friday.

Three academics from Boğaziçi University -- Professor Engin Arık, Research Assistant Özgen Berkol Doğan and graduate student Engin Abat -- and three academics from Doğuş University -- Professor Dr. Şenel Fatma Boydağ, Associate Professor İskender İsmet and Research Assistant Mustafa Fidan -- were on board the plane to participate in a workshop scheduled to be held at Süleyman Demirel University in Isparta.

An official from Süleyman Demirel University announced that the workshop had been cancelled in the wake of the plane crash. Doğuş University's Professor Dr. Mithat Uysal extended his condolences to the families and friends of those on board the plane and added that the university was saddened by the loss of what he described as three "very successful academics."

Ankara University's Prof. Dr. Ömer Yavaş stated that the six academics were on their way to participate in the fourth workshop of the "Technical Design of Turkish Accelerator Center (TAC) and Building Test Facilities," a project sponsored by the State Planning Organization (DPT) to explore the formation of the universe. Yavaş also said: "We are very saddened to hear about the plane crash in which six academics lost their lives. They were on their way to take part in a workshop at Süleyman Demirel University in Isparta. We organized this workshop almost one-and-a-half years ago to present research conducted within universities regarding the project in question." Yavaş also noted that 25 academics and 75 researchers coming from Ankara, Gazi, Boğaziçi, İstanbul, Uludağ, Erciyes, Niğde, Dumlupınar and Süleyman Demirel universities conducted research for the project, which aims to explore the formation of the universe and develop new technology in fields of biotechnology and medicine. "The project was launched last year and is scheduled to be completed by 2010," he said.

Boğaziçi University's Professor Engin Arık, one of the six academics, had worked as a fellow at Boğaziçi University since 1985 and was part of the team conducting research for the "Atlas Experiment," (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) -- one of six particle detector experiments currently being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Aralık 2007, 12:35