Turkish Army UH-1 Helicopter Crashes in Istanbul Killing Four

A UH-1 military helicopter operated by the Turkish Army has crashed into a residential area of Istanbul’s suburbs on Nov. 26 killing four people and injuring one.

According to local media reports, the aircraft struck the roof of a building before hitting the ground while flying over Sancaktepe, a neighborhood in the east of Istanbul. The helicopter was reportedly returning from a routine training flight and crashed during landing at a nearby military base.

Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar arrived at the crash site to coordinate rescue efforts. He confirmed two officers, two non-commissioned officers, and one master sergeant were on board the aircraft.

Fire brigades and ambulances were scrambled to deal with the emergency, and the scene was cordoned off by police. The cause of the incident was not immediately known.

Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed “Huey”) is a U.S.-made military utility helicopter developed by Bell Helicopter to meet a U.S. Army’s 1952 requirement for a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and utility helicopter. It is the first member of the prolific Huey family.

The UH-1 is powered by a single turboshaft engine, with two-blade main and tail rotors, and first flew in 1956. It was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production in 1960 for the U.S. military, and more than 16,000 have been built since.

The Iroquois was originally designated HU-1, hence the Huey nickname, which has remained in common use, despite the official redesignation to UH-1 in 1962. The UH-1 first saw service in combat operations during the Vietnam War, with around 7,000 helicopters deployed.

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