Coordinates: TR 37°45′02″N 37°17′35″E / 37.75056°N 37.29306°E / 37.75056; 37.29306Coordinates: TR 37°45′02″N 37°17′35″E / 37.75056°N 37.29306°E / 37.75056; 37.29306
Country  Turkey
Province Kahramanmaraş
  Mayor Küçük Mehmet Yıldızlı (AKP)
  Kaymakam Ercan Öter (seit 2009)
  District 416.82 km2 (160.94 sq mi)
Elevation 1,150 m (3,770 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 12,088
  District 25,692
  District density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Post code 46720
Website www.caglayancerit.bel.tr

Çağlayancerit (Kurdish: Cirîd) is a town and district of Kahramanmaraş Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.

2009 helicopter crash

On March 25, 2009, Great Union Party's (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu came to Çağlayancerit at 13:00 EET (11:00 UCT) by a chartered helicopter to hold a speech at his party's rally ahead of the local elections. After the rally at the town's square before 1,500 people gathered, he left at 14:42 local time with the same helicopter carrying his party's three other local politicians and a reporter to head for another rally in Yerköy, Yozgat Province.

The helicopter crashed at Mount Keş in Göksun district killing the pilot and four passengers, among them Yazıcıoğlu. The reporter survived with injuries and made an emergency call reporting the accident. Subsequent search and rescue operations, conducted by thousands of people and assisted by several helicopters, succeeded to recover the wreckage and the five bodies only three days later due to advert weather conditions in the region. The reporter's corpse was finally found two more days later far from the crash site.


  1. "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
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