Turkish Stars Aerobatic Team Aircraft Crashes

Update (0720 EST): The Turkish Defense Ministry has confirmed that a maintenance repair worker was killed, and a pilot has been hospitalized after a NF-5 aircraft crashed during a training flight in Konya, Turkey.

At approximately 0630 EST, initial reports indicated that an aircraft from the Turkish Stars aerobatic team had crashed in Konya, Turkey. The pilot has reportedly ejected and a parachute was observed by eyewitnesses. The pilot has reportedly been hospitalized.

The Turkish Stars are the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force and the national aerobatics team of Turkey. The team consists of (10) NF-5A Freedom Fighter and (2) NF-5B Freedom Fighter aircraft.

The Turkish Stars have had several high-profile crashes including two deadly crashes on 13 March 2012 and 7 April 2021. Both the pilots in those incidents died. There was a non-lethal crash on 6 Dec 2022 in which the pilot survived after a bird strike.