Two Turkish Cypriot pilots, both 46, died when a training aircraft crashed near Lefkoniko airport in the north, reports said on Tuesday.
According to Turkish Cypriot media the plane, which belongs to an air sports organisation, crashed at around 12.50pm near the airport, killing Serkan Ozcezarli and Hakan Cetinkaya.
The ‘mayor’ of Lefkoniko said residents reported hearing an explosion from the plane before it crashed.
Turkish Cypriot ‘transport minister’ Tolga Atakan went to the scene of the accident, the reports said.
Atakan said a team of specialists from Turkey would be arriving on Wednesday to determine the cause of the crash.
Condolences were sent by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and other Turkish Cypriot officials.