Military Helicopter Crashes Into Residential Area, Kills Four

No fewer than four soldiers have died and another was wounded after a Turkish military helicopter crashed in central Istanbul, the first of such in 20 years.

The helicopter was conducting training flights at Samandira air base in the city when it crashed in a residential part of the Sancaktepe district on Monday morning.

Emergency services are at the scene of the crash, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

BBC reports that an investigation is now underway into the cause of the crash.

The UH-1 military helicopter came down between two apartment buildings, scattering debris across the surrounding streets.

According to Hurriyet newspaper, this is the fifth helicopter crash to happen in Istanbul in the last 20 years.