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ICP Ventura, I-D446, KKTC Hava Sportlari Federasyonu: Fatal accident occurred October 29, 2019 at Geçitkale-Lefkoniko Airport (GEC), Cyprus

NTSB Identification: ERA20WA032
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Gecitkale, Turkey
Aircraft: ICP Ventura, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Turkey has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a ICP Ventura ultralight that occurred on October 29, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Turkey's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Turkey.

A small airplane crashed in the north killing two people, with reports saying the aircraft was being used for training.

According to Turkish Cypriot media, a small plane used for training purposes crashed near a local airstrip in the north on Tuesday, west of Famagusta.

The incident took place just before 1pm near a local airfield outside Lefkoniko, also known as Gecitkale, with reports saying two people on board were killed instantly.

It was not clear if the plane had just taken off or whether it was attempting to land, while media said the cause of the accident was under investigation.

The names of the two dead pilots were released in the Turkish Cypriot media.

A pilot and co-pilot were killed when their light aircraft crashed near Turkish-occupied Lefkoniko, the Turkish Cypriot media reports.

According to the media reports, the aircraft belonging to the Air Sports Federation came down during a training flight near the runway at 12.50.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

Two pilots were killed near Geçitkale village in Turkish Cyprus after the trainee aircraft, an ultralight belonging to the Federation of Air Sports, crashed on Oct. 29.

The trainee aircraft took off from Geçitkale Airport in fine weather and later crashed in the take-off runway in the airport, according to local sources. The reason behind the crash has not been ascertained yet.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı condoled the death of two pilots. "I am in great sadness of having lost two young people as a result of the plane crash in the runway during the training flight. I wish God's mercy to the young people who lost their lives in this unexpected accident, and condolences to the grieving families and to our people," Akıncı said in a statement.

Turkey plans to establish an airbase for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at Geçitkale Airport, which has remained idle for many years.

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