Beautician, 22, is killed along with pilot when plane crashes into power cable in Turkey

Beautician, 22, dies with pilot when plane crashes into power cable during pleasure flight in Turkey

  • Burcu Saglam, 22, killed alongside pilot Hakan Koksal near Istanbul in Turkey
  • Video has surfaced of a plane catching fire after hitting a power cable
  • The beautician had boarded a single-engine jet, but within 15 minutes the connection was lost

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Video shows the moment a beautician was killed along with a pilot when their plane crashed into a power line during a pleasure flight in Turkey.

Burcu Saglam, 22, had boarded the single-engine jet on Thursday from the town of Pamukova, near Istanbul, but the connection was lost within 15 minutes.

Dramatic footage has since emerged of the plane catching fire after hitting a power cable, killing Saglam and pilot Hakan Koksal, 54.

The charred remains of the plane were found near a field in Osmangazi township, about 125 kilometers from Pamukova, after workers at a nearby natural gas plant alerted authorities to an object falling from the sky.

Burcu Saglam, 22, had boarded the single-engine plane on Thursday from the town of Pamukova, near Istanbul, but was disconnected within 15 minutes

Burcu Saglam, 22, had boarded the single-engine plane on Thursday from the town of Pamukova, near Istanbul, but was disconnected within 15 minutes

The charred remains of the plane were found near a field in Osmangazi township, about 125 kilometers from Pamukova, after workers at a nearby natural gas plant notified authorities of an object falling from the sky.

The charred remains of the plane were found near a field in Osmangazi township, about 125 kilometers from Pamukova, after workers at a nearby natural gas plant notified authorities of an object falling from the sky.

The charred remains of the plane were found near a field in Osmangazi township, about 125 kilometers from Pamukova, after workers at a nearby natural gas plant notified authorities of an object falling from the sky.

Minutes before the crash, Saglam, who ran a hair salon with her partner, filmed herself enjoying the view from the plane’s cockpit. She had written “Bye” on an online post before the crash.

Images show how the plane taxied on the runway just before takeoff.

But at 3:32 p.m., when it was flying at an altitude of 1,200 meters (3,937 feet), communications suddenly fell off. The wreckage was later found by local workers.

Search and rescue teams rushed to the crash site, where they found the bodies of the young beautician and veteran pilot.

A video shows how the plane flies towards the high-voltage cable

A video shows how the plane flies towards the high-voltage cable

A video shows how the plane flies towards the high-voltage cable

Dramatic footage has since emerged of the plane catching fire after hitting a power cable, killing Saglam and pilot Hakan Koksal, 54.

Dramatic footage has since emerged of the plane catching fire after hitting a power cable, killing Saglam and pilot Hakan Koksal, 54.

Dramatic footage has since emerged of the plane catching fire after hitting a power cable, killing Saglam and pilot Hakan Koksal, 54.

Just minutes before the crash, Saglam, who ran a hair salon with her partner, had filmed herself enjoying the view from the plane's cockpit

Just minutes before the crash, Saglam, who ran a hair salon with her partner, had filmed herself enjoying the view from the plane's cockpit

Just minutes before the crash, Saglam, who ran a hair salon with her partner, had filmed herself enjoying the view from the plane's cockpit

Just minutes before the crash, Saglam, who ran a hair salon with her partner, had filmed herself enjoying the view from the plane's cockpit

Minutes before the crash, Saglam, who ran a hair salon with her partner, filmed herself enjoying the view from the plane’s cockpit. She had written “Bye” on an online post before the crash

Pilot Hakan Koksal, 54, also died in the plane crash in Turkey

Pilot Hakan Koksal, 54, also died in the plane crash in Turkey

Pilot Hakan Koksal, 54, also died in the plane crash in Turkey

The local mayor, Alinur Aktas, said one is believed to have died when the plane caught fire after its wing hit the Ovaakca Natural Gas Cycle Power Plant power line.

The other is believed to have been flung from the plane to their deaths. It is not clear to whom Aktas was referring.

Investigators are now investigating what caused the plane to crash into the 380,000-volt power line.

Local media reported that Burcu had told her parents that morning that she was leaving home in search of a job.

They were unaware that she had boarded the flight until they were notified of her death in a phone call by authorities.

Burcu and Hakan have since been buried in various Bursa cemeteries. Their autopsy reports have yet to be made public.

In addition to her grieving parents, Saglam is also survived by two older sisters and a brother.

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