The military machine disappeared from the radar shortly after take-off, and a short time later a drone discovered the wreck in an area of the Bitlis province.
Eleven military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash in Turkey. Two more were injured in the crash near the eastern Turkish city of Tatvan, the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday. The helicopter of the type Cougar was in the predominantly Kurdish province of Bitlis when the contact was broken in the early afternoon.
The ministry spoke of an accident, but the cause was initially unclear. Nine soldiers died on the spot, and two other victims died from their injuries in the hospital, according to an official report.
In the region, Turkish soldiers are fighting rebels of the banned Kurdish organization PKK. This is classified as a terrorist group by the EU and the USA. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict since the 1980s.
In the past few years there have been repeated fatal helicopter accidents in Turkey. 17 soldiers were killed in the most serious incident in November 2012 in the eastern province of Siirt.
In June 2017, 13 soldiers were killed in the crash of a military helicopter in the southeastern province of Sirnak. At that time, the PKK stated that it had fired at and hit the helicopter. She contradicted a statement by the army, according to which the helicopter was caught in a high-voltage line.