BREAKING: 7 DEAD After Helicopter CRASHES Into THIS- Here’s What We Know

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Seven people died when a helicopter carrying business executives crashed into a television tower and crashed to the ground Friday in Turkey.

The Sikorsky S-76 aircraft, owned by private firm Eczacıbaşı, crashed soon after takeoff from Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, Sky News reported.

“It hit the tower and crashed by spinning,” taxi driver Fikret Karatekin told CNN Türk.

Another witness said, “I was driving. I heard an explosion… we saw pieces falling out of the sky.”

“There was a lot of smoke. It exploded like a bomb. At first we thought it was a terror attack or something,”

Seven people were on board at the time – four Russians and three Turkish nationals including an executive of Eczacibasi and two pilots.

Vasip Sahin, the governor of Istanbul, confirmed earlier that at least five people had been killed and said that the cause of the crash was being investigated.

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The helicopter’s rotor blade hit a vehicle, smashing its windscreen and causing its roof to sink in.

Pieces of the helicopter lay scattered across the road, which was sealed-off by police as firefighters tackled the blaze.

Authorities have not ruled out a technical fault as the cause of the crash.

The tower, which is no longer used for transmitting television signals, now has a restaurant at the top.

Thick fog in the city has led to flights and ferry services being cancelled this month.

Eczacıbaşı is one of Turkey’s top conglomerates that is involved in pharmaceuticals and building products, FoxNews reported. Bülent Eczacıbaşı, who heads the company, told reporters near the scene that the Russians on board the helicopter were clients who had been invited to visit a ceramics fair. They were being transported to visit the company’s factory near the town of Bozüyük, some 120 miles south of Istanbul.

The Turkish national who was killed headed the company’s operations in Russia, he said.

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