Turkish Press December 1

Here are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 1st, 2007.

Turkish Press December 1
VATAN

WHY DID IT CRASH?

Atlasjet plane crashed on the mountain in Isparta killing 57 people. The weather conditions were good and the pilots did not report any technical breakdown. However, the plane started to land towards the mountain instead of the runway.

Last conversation with the tower indicates that the pilots saw the lights of the runway clearly and started to land making a last turn. However, the MD83 type plane directed to the opposite direction and crashed into the hill.


ERDOGAN: WE HAVE GIVEN AUTHORITY TO MILITARY

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the government has given authority to Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) for cross-border operation as of November 28th.


CUMHURIYET


TURKEY MOURNS

MD-83 type passenger plane, which Atlasjet rented from World Focus Airlines, crashed between Cukuroren and Kilic villages of the Keciborlu town of Isparta. None of the 50 passengers, including a baby, and 7 crew members survived. There were 6 scientists, leading in Turkey on nuclear research, among those who died in the plane crash.


PRIEST RELEASED

Priest Edip Daniel Savci, who was claimed to be abducted for ransom in Midyat town of southeastern province of Mardin, was released in Batman.

It was alleged that the priest was released as after one of the kidnappers repented.

The priest later made a deposition to security units.


RADIKAL


SORROWFUL ACCIDENT

An Atlasjet flight from Istanbul to Isparta, with 7 crew members and 50 passengers on board, crashed just after started to land. No one survived the accident.

The weather was clear when the accident occurred and there were no traces of a technical breakdown. Experienced pilot reported no problems. Only thing known was that the plane headed to a hill after a 40 degrees of deviation.


TURKISH ARMED FORCES AUTHORIZED

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish General Staff was authorized on November 28th regarding a cross-border military operation into north of Iraq.


TURKIYE


WHY?

The accident, causing deep grief in the country, left unanswered questions. Atlasjet's CEO Tuncay Doganer said the plane was overhauled and the crew members were the most experienced members of the company from where the plane was rented.

The air was open and the runway was appropriate during the landing, officials said.


ARMY GIVEN THE AUTHORITY

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Parliament approved the motion on October 17th. We have sent General Staff an article on October 24th. Demands of the Turkish Armed Forces were relayed to us on November 1st. Council of Ministers assessed the matter and the military was authorized with the approval of the President."


ZAMAN


QUESTION MARKS LEFT FOLLOWING THE CRASH

1- Did the pilot insist on "visual landing" instead of using VOR (very high frequency omnidirectional range)?

2- Is there any possibility of sabotage as the plane was carrying thorium experts?

3- Did something wrong happened such as a turbulence or a windblast?

4- Why did the plane head to Turbetepe, the opposite direction?

5- Did the pilot had a sudden health problem while landing?


ABDUCTED PRIEST RELEASED

Mardin's Morkayup Monastery's priest Edip Daniel Savci was released in Batman.

"God save our state. Nobody will be able to discompose the peace environment in Mardin," said Samuel Aktas, an archbishop in Mardin, who was informed about Savci's release.


YENI SAFAK


PHONE RING IN BODY BAGS

Atlas Jet plane, that took off from Istanbul, heading to Isparta, crashed into mountain. Military Cougar helicopter reached the wreckage of the plane in Turbetepe.

Officials said there was no reason for the plane to crash.

Rescue teams were shocked with the rings of the mobile phones heard from the body bags.


TSK AUTHORIZED FOR CROSS-BORDER OPERATION

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) was given the authority to launch cross-border operation.


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