“We hope what happened was an accident. I would like to convey my condolences on behalf of myself and the Turkish people,” he said hours after the crash on Saturday. While answering a question at a press briefing on Sunday before his departure for the US to attend an international nuclear security conference, he reiterated his hope for the crash to be ruled an accident.
“In incidents similar to this, different causes have appeared after the passage of many years. We really do not want that to be the case here, too. Hence, my hope is that it was an accident. Mr. [Dmitry] Medvedev has taken it upon himself [to investigate the cause of the crash]. What really happened will be clear following the investigation. We extend our condolences to the Polish people,” he said.