ERDOGAN COMMENTS ON CROSS-BORDER OPERATION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while commenting on the cross-border operation of the Turkish Armed Forces, said, "all related institutions, mainly the Turkish Armed Forces, know very well how to act on which basis."
"The army will do what is necessary," Erdogan remarked.
Those who lost their lives in the plane crash were laid to rest. Turkey mourned in the funerals.
UNIVERSITIES TO 9 MORE PROVINCES
National Education Minister Huseyin Celik said universities could not meet the demands, and noted that, "there are 9 more provinces which do not have universities. We will establish universities in those provinces soon."
PILOT CRASHES WHEN HE WANTED TO TAKE A SHORTCUT TO SAVE FOUR AND A HALF MINUTES
Here are some remarkable outcomes in a report prepared by the technical team that investigated plane crash in Isparta:
There is no possibility of sabotage in the plane which was carrying nuclear physicists. If the plane had flied one and a half meters higher, the crash would have not occurred. Passengers died because of sudden change in cabin pressure. The reason of the crash was not the cell phones. There were no cell phones turned on in the crash scene.
CROSS-BORDER OPERATION AGAINST PKK
Turkish General Staff released two important statements on Saturday. General Staff said it intervened in a group of 50-60 terrorists inside Iraqi borders inflicting heavy damages on terrorists and noted that more operations would be launched in the region if necessary.
In another statement General Staff said the first operation against terrorist organization PKK was launched adding that the operations would continue depending on intelligence sharing.
"Operations are not against people living in Iraq's north nor against local groups unless they commit an act of enmity against the Turkish Armed Forces," it said.
FIRST CROSS-BORDER OPERATION
Turkish Armed Forces started to use the cross-border operation authority given by the government. Turkish General Staff said it inflicted heavy losses on a group of 50-60 PKK terrorists in Iraq.
HE TRIED TO RESCUE, BUT COULD NOT
Scenario of the plane crash: The pilot tried to land to rescue the passengers. The passengers died as bottom of the plane split off after the plane was dragged and due to a change in cabin pressure.
EXPORTS REACHES 11.1 BILLION USD
Turkey's exports in November reached 11.1 billion USD. Turkey has exceeded its target of, "100 billion USD exports in one year" last month. This figure has become 105.2 billion USD as of the end of November.
FIRST BLOW ON PKK WITH REAL-TIME INTELLIGENCE
Turkish Armed Forces launched an operation on a group of 50-60 PKK terrorists in the southeast of Cukurca town inside north of Iraq after getting government directive. Cobra helicopters fired missiles on the targets. Artillery fire was opened from the Turkish territories.
WHY THERE IS NOT RADAR?
There is neither radar nor Instrument Landing System (ILS) in Isparta Airport. The Atlasjet plane was monitored with the radar in southern province of Antalya as it was approaching Isparta. Later, tower official of Suleyman Demirel Airport started to monitor the plane.
After the plane was directed to the hill with a great mistake, the tower official could not realize this as there was not radar, and 57 people died.
FIRST POINT ATTACK
Following the authority given to Turkish Armed Forces to launch cross-border military operations in the north of Iraq, General Staff said it inflicted significant losses on a group of 50-60 terrorists inside north of Iraq.
The operation was staged using artillery fire, helicopters and the U.S. intelligence, sources said.
General Staff said in a second statement on Saturday that it targeted only terrorist organization. "Operations are notagainst people living in Iraq's north nor against local groups unless they commit an act of enmity against the Turkish Armed Forces," it said.
TOO MANY AIRPORTS BUT NO TECHNOLOGY
Following the plane crash in Isparta, the importance of Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the airports is being discussed again. This system, which minimizes human slip, is not used at many airports that were built in Turkey with politic reasons. ILS does not exist at the airports in Van where 55 died, in Diyarbakir where 75 died and finally in Isparta where 57 died.
FIRST POINT OPERATION
Turkish Armed Forces launched the first operation after getting authorization from the government for cross-border operation. General Staff statement said operations would continue if necessary.
THE DAY TURKEY MOURNS
Turkey mourned in the funeral of those who lost their lives in plane crash in Mediterranean province of Isparta.
FIRST FIRE AFTER INTELLIGENCE
After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkish Armed Forces was authorized to launch a cross-border military operation and real-time intelligence was given by the U.S. forces, first blow was struck to PKK on Saturday. Turkish General Staff said it inflicted heavy losses on a group of 50-60 PKK terrorists in the southeast of Cukurca town inside north of Iraq. Turkish military intervened in the group using fire support vehicles, artillery fire and helicopters. Nearly 30 PKK terrorists were killed in the operation.
FOR 5-10 MINUTES?
Plane crash in Isparta occurred most probably when the Atlasjet pilot wanted to save 5-10 minutes by making a shortcut landing, according to experts.
EXPERTS COMING FROM USA
A technical team from the manufacturer company McDonnell Douglas, which is owned by Boeing, are on their way to Turkey to carry out investigations in the region where MD-83 type Atlasjet plane crashed.
PKK HIT IN NORTH OF IRAQ
First operation against terrorist organization PKK was launched on Saturday after PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish Armed Forces was given the authority on Nov. 28th to launch cross-border military operations. Turkish military inflicted significant losses on a group of 50-60 terrorists inside Iraqi borders.
Turkish General Staff statement, which said "it would intervene in the region with other means if necessary", was understood as a signal of continuous operations with the participation of ground units.
Pentagon said Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorists.
POSSIBILITY OF PILOTING ERROR GROWS
According to preliminary reports by the technical team that investigated the wreckage of the plane crashed in Isparta, possibility of piloting error grows as the wreckage was found 12 kilometers away from the runway, far from its flight route. However, exact reason of the crash will be revealed once the black box is examined.
THEY DIED FOR 5 MINUTES
First assessment of the team, searching for the reason of the plane accident in Isparta in which 57 people died, said, "the pilot, who took off 1.5 hours delayed, diverted from the route to gain time. He did not consider the VOR system. The accident would not happen if he passed 1.5 meters above."
The team said, "the passengers died because of the sudden change in air and pressure. The mobile phones were not open. There is no lack of maintenance in the plane."
General Staff said a group of 60 PKK terrorists was hit in the first cross-border operation in north of Iraq on Saturday.
General Staff said the terrorist group suffered heavy losses. It said, "TSK has been authorized on cross-border operation. The first operation within this scope was launched on Saturday." It noted that operations would continue depending on intelligence gathered.