Passenger Jet Crashes in Turkey, Killing 57 Aboard

Plane from Istanbul disappeared just before landing in southwestern Turkey
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2007 11:29 PM CST
Soldiers and rescuers carry dead bodies of victims to an ambulance at the crash site after a passenger plane crashed, in Keciborlu, southwestern Turkey, Friday, Nov. 30, 2007. An Atlasjet plane crashed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A passenger jet carrying 57 people crashed in southwestern Turkey, killing all aboard, the BBC reports. The MacDonnell Douglas 83, operated by budget airline Atlasjet, disappeared from radar just before landing in the town of Isparta. The cause remains under investigation, but the Turkish PM said the tail may have struck a hilltop, AFP reports.

"There are no survivors either among the passengers or the crew," said Tuncay Doganer, Atlasjet's chief executive. The plane took off 45 minutes prior to the crash from Istanbul, and weather conditions were fine, authorities said. It carried 50 passengers and seven crew members.