Turkish newspapers have focused on ferry carrying almost 500 people – including 54 Turkish passengers – catching fire off the coast of Greece and a Malaysian plane going missing over Indonesian waters with 162 people onboard.


The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Most dailies on Monday dedicated their front pages to the story of a ferry carrying almost 500 people – including 54 Turkish passengers – catching fire off the coast of Greece.

“Terror on New Year tour” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting on how the Italian car ferry crew suffered the emergency while returning to Italy from Greece with some 466 passengers and crew on board.

Fifty-four Turkish nationals were on board when the fire broke out, the Hellenic Coast Guard confirmed to The Anadolu Agency.

Turkish diplomatic sources said late Sunday that the fire was under control. The Turkish government expressed its readiness to help as rescue efforts continued in bad weather with eight ships from around the region.

VATAN’s front-page reads: “Terror ship”, referring to the fire in the garage of the “Norman Atlantic” ferry.

The paper reported that the blaze in the hold of the strip was intense, with some passengers claiming that their shoes melted due to the heat from the fire.

The Italian Navy said 131 people had been rescued by mid-afternoon on Sunday, leaving some 350 others still on board.

Turkish papers also covered the story of an AirAsia plane which went missing over Indonesian waters with 162 people onboard.

MILLIYET stated that communication between flight QZ8501 and air traffic control was lost around 6:24am Indonesian time on Sunday and that search-and-rescue operations are underway.

AirAsia released a statement saying the 155 passengers aboard included 138 adults, 16 children and an infant. The crew was composed of an Indonesian captain, a French co-pilot and five cabin staff.

Those on board included three South Koreans, a Singaporean and a Malaysian, with Indonesians accounting for the majority. The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed in a statement that a British national had also been on board.

Reporting on the same accident, SABAH ran the headline: “Another Malaysian plane gone missing”, referring to a Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared in March this year en route to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board, not long after leaving Kuala Lumpur.

Turkish newspapers also reported on the king of Morocco’s unofficial meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul.

Accompanied by their families, the two leaders posed for a picture following the meeting in Yildiz Palace in Istanbul.

King Mohammed VI was reported to be in holiday with his family in Turkey, arriving with five planes.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Aralık 2014, 11:01