Istanbul helicopter crash: At least Five Dead

A fire-fighting helicopter has crashed near Istanbul on Friday.

Two pilots, four foreigners and one Turkish national were reportedly found at the scene of the crash.

It crashed on a highway in Buyukcekmece district after taking off from Ataturk Airport, governor Vasip Sahin said.

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Emergency crews scrambled to the crash site in the Buyukcekmece district of Instanbul, Turkey.

Initial reports from eyewitnesses said the Sikorsky helicopter, owned by a Turkish conglomerate, struck a 774-foot tall structure formerly used as a television tower with a restaurant at its top.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, he said.

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"It hit the tower and crashed by spinning", taxi driver Fikret Karatekin told CNN Turk. But Turkish authorities have not ruled out a technical fault, Reuters reported.

Eczacibasi Grup is a group of 49 companies operating in the spheres of activity ranging from the production of building materials to medicinal preparations and consumer goods. Bulent Eczacibasi, 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.

The Turkish national on board ran the company's operations in Russian Federation, he said.

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