Turkish TAI Hürkuş Trainer Aircraft Crashes in Beypazarı District, Pilots Safe

A Turkish TAI Hürkuş turboprop trainer aircraft has crashed in the Beypazarı district of Ankara Province at around 12.30 pm local time on June 22.

The Hürkuş aircraft, being developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), was on a test flight when the accident occurred.

TAI Hürkuş crash
TAI Hürkuş crash

According to a TAI statement, the two pilots onboard the aircraft were able to successfully eject before the crash and are in good condition. They are currently admitted to a hospital for evaluation.

The statement added that an investigation was ordered on the incident, and the cause of the accident will be determined after the investigation.

The TAI Hürkuş (“Free Bird”) is a tandem two-seat, low-wing, single-engine, turboprop aircraft being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) – Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayii A.Ş. (TUSAS) – as a new basic trainer and ground attack aircraft for the Turkish Armed Forces.

The aircraft is named after Vecihi Hürkuş, a World War I and Turkish Independence War veteran pilot, a Turkish aviation pioneer and the first Turkish airplane manufacturer.

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