Deadly Turkish army helicopter crash in Afghanistan

The scene of the crash

A Turkish army Sikorsky helicopter has fallen on a house in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 12 Turkish soldiers and two children.

It crashed into a house in the suburb of Bagrami while on a peacekeeping mission, the Turkish military said.

The cause of the crash has not been established, it added, and a Nato official said there were no reports of insurgent activity.

The deaths are the worst single loss of life of Turkish troops in Afghanistan.

Turkey currently has 1,845 soldiers serving as peacekeepers.

It is the only Muslim-majority member of Nato, which leads the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

Turkish soldiers with Isaf are limited to patrols and do not take part in combat operations.

BBC map

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the helicopter appeared to crash while trying to make an emergency landing and that the pilot tried to avoid houses.

"It is a grave accident, our grief is deep," he said.

Afghan police said two children had been killed in the crash, as well as at least one woman, but it was not clear if the woman was on the helicopter.

As searchers combed the rubble of the collapsed house, local resident Sayed Qayum said, quoted by the Associated Press news agency, that the helicopter had clipped one house before crashing into a second.

Another, Asadullah Khan, described what had happened for Reuters news agency.

"When this helicopter crashed into this house, a number of people who were watching the incident were wounded, including women and children," he said.

"They were taken to the hospital. Two people in this house suffered burns."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Europe stories


Features & Analysis

  • An ant and a humanMass of bodies

    Do all the world's ants really weigh as much as all the humans?

  • Taxi in Mexico Freewheeling

    How I got my driving licence without taking a test

  • Tattooed person using tabletRogue ink

    People who lost their jobs because of their tattoos

  • Indian coupleSuspicious spouses

    Is your sweetheart playing away? Call Delhi's wedding detective

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • GeoguessrWhere in the world...?

    Think you are a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s interactive game


  • StudentsClick Watch

    Could a new social network help tailor lessons to students’ needs and spot when they fall behind?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.