Turkish party leader's helicopter lacked ELT device in crash: report

A team of three experts had reported that the helicopter did have the ELT device.

Turkish party leader's helicopter lacked ELT device in crash: report

World Bulletin / News Desk

A report discovered that an electronic location transmitter (ELT), which was reported to have been broken due to the impact of the helicopter crash in which six people, including Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu, died in 2009, was actually absent before the helicopter crashed.

Yazıcıoğlu, BBP Sivas Provincial Chairman Erhan Üstündağ, Deputy Provincial Chairman Yüksel Yağcı, Sivas city council candidate Murat Çetinkaya and İhlas News Agency (İHA) reporter İsmail Güneş, along with the pilot, Kaya İstektepe, were traveling from Kahramanmaraş to Yozgat for an election rally when their helicopter crashed in March 2009.

A team of three experts that were assigned to investigate the tragic helicopter accident in Kahramanmaraş by the Transportation Ministry's Civil Aviation General Directorate (SHGM) had reported that the helicopter did have the ELT device, but it had not send strong signals because its antenna was broken when the helicopter crashed.

However, a report accessed by the Toplumsal Hafıza, a news website, has revealed that the helicopter did not have the device at the time of the accident.

Referring to statements from pilot Ali İbanoğlu, from the Med-Air helicopter company, who used the helicopter carrying Yazıcıoğlu most frequently before the accident, the report said the helicopter did not actually have the ELT device.

According to official records, İbanoğlu flew to Bursa with pilot İstektepe before the helicopter's crash in Kahramanmaraş and reported after the flight that the helicopter did not have an ELT device.

Despite İbanoğlu's statement, photos of the broken ELT device were distributed to the press in the aftermath of the accident, leading to suspicions that the device was installed following the accident to cover up their negligence.

Last Mod: 27 Aralık 2010, 17:51
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