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UN mission in Congo confirms death of four Russian helicopter crew

March 12, 13:22 UTC+4
The rescue team has finally reached the site of the crash and recovered all four bodies
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Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

PRETORIA, March 12 (Itar-Tass) The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday officially confirmed that a Russian helicopter of the YTair company with a crew of four met with an accident. There were no survivors.

"The MONUSCO /United Nation Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo/ is now in a position to confirm the death of the 4 crew members of the helicopter. The rescue team has finally reached the site of the crash and recovered all four bodies, MONUSCO spokesperson Carlo Araujo told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

The helicopter crashed 20 kilometers off the town of Bukavu in the province of South Kivu. The Mi-8 helicopter was performing a charter flight for the UN en route Shabunda-Bukavu in adverse weather conditions in a highland area. It crashed in remote mountain jungle terrain at al altitude of 2.7 kilometers.

"We cannot release the names before informing the next of kin," Araujo said.

 

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