March 5, 2015 6:02 am

2 Turkish fighter pilots killed in military plane crash

Firefighters extinguish a military aircraft after it fell down at Ortakonak neighborhood in Karatay district of Konya province, Turkey on March 05, 2015.

Firefighters extinguish a military aircraft after it fell down at Ortakonak neighborhood in Karatay district of Konya province, Turkey on March 05, 2015.

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ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s military says a fighter jet has crashed during a training mission, killing its two pilots.

A military statement said the F-4E 2020 Phantom went down on Thursday in the province of Konya. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Turkey and Azerbaijan were holding joint military manoeuvrs in Konya at the time of the crash but it was not immediately clear whether the jet was taking part in the exercise.

The accident comes just a week after two military reconnaissance planes crashed in Malatya province, some 700 kilometres (435 miles) east of Konya, killing all four pilots.

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