A military helicopter has crashed in Turkey killing at least 12 soldiers and officers on board. The country's state media agency, Dogan, confirmed the Cougar chopper came down in the Senoba district. Sirnak governor's office said it crashed in the southeastern province of Sirnak, near the country's border with Iraq. The helicopter reportedly crashed three minutes after take-off, near the town of Uludere. A dozen soldiers were initially reported to have been killed in the crash on Wednesday evening, but the death toll has reportedly increased to 13. All those on board are thought to have died. A military statement said the AS532 Cougar helicopter crashed just before 7pm. It said: "As a result of the painful accident, our hero comrades in the helicopter fell as martrys." The aircraft is believed to have come down after hitting a high voltage power line. Photos from the scene show the sky ablaze as what is presumably the helicopter appears to be engulfed in flames. Emergency search and rescue teams rushed to the scene. Evaluations were underway of the cash site. Turkey's chief of staff, General Hulusi Akar, travelled to the region to carry out an inspection.