Eight Turkish airline employees were found guilty in a criminal case involving a 2007 plane crash in Turkey that killed 57 people.
On November 30, 2007, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 was destroyed in an accident near Isparta Airport in Turkey. All fifty passengers and seven crew members were killed. The airplane was leased by World Focus Airlines and flew on behalf of Atlasjet Airlines. The airplane impacted a mountain while the crew were flying a VOR/DME approach to Isparta Airport.
The general manager of World Focus Airlines, the company’s training manager, and an AtlasJet manager were sentenced to 11 years and eight months each on charges of “negligent homicide.”
The maintenance director of World Focus Airlines received a prison sentence of 5 years and 10 months and two pilots received 2 years and 6 months each for “false testimony.”
The former Director General of Civil Aviation and the deputy Director General each received prison terms of 1 year and 8 months after being convicted of “misconduct in office.”
Twelve other defendants were acquitted.