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Turkish F-16 crashes shortly after take off, pilot safe

January 30, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force crashed in the south eastern province of Diyarbakir shortly before landing, military authorities reported Monday. The pilot of the plane, who was on a training flight, parachuted to safety.

TuAF F-16C block 40 #89-0031 is buzzing through the sky at Lechfeld AB on June 1st, 2005 during exercise 'Elite'. [Photo by Robert Arts]

The plane, attached to the second Tactical Air Force, crashed at 14.43h, about four and a half kilometres from the runway, ending up in an uninhabited area near the village of Gonendi in Diyarbakir's Carikli Municipality.

Turkish Air Forces attributed the crash to "technical reasons during landing".

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