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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkey: 72 Dead In Plane Crash

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A Turkish Airlines flight crashed Wednesday as it tried to land at an airport in southeastern Turkey, killing 72 people, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said.

The plane, which was on its way from Istanbul, crashed as it landed at Diyarbakir airport in southeastern Turkey, the semiofficial Anatolia news agency reported. Private NTV television said the plane crashed in heavy fog.

NTV television quoted Aksu as saying that the plane carried 77 people and that there were only five survivors.

The RJ-100 passenger plane crashed in a military area near the airport and soldiers were helping to evacuate the injured, CNN-Turk television reported.

Five of the injured were evacuated to a nearby hospital. CNN-Turk said the injured had no life-threatening injuries.