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Italian chopper crash kills eight in France

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-10-23

Eight passengers of an Italian military helicopter died when it crashed in a field in eastern France, local officials reported. There was no immediate information on what caused the accident.

All eight people on board died when an Italian military helicopter crashed and burst into flames on Thursday in a field in eastern France, local officials said.
   
Firefighters pulled the bodies out of the chopper after dousing the fire near the town of L'Isle-en-Barrois, they said.
   
"There were eight people on board the aircraft and none survived," a spokesman for the French regional authorities said, adding that a crisis cell had been set up to deal with the crash aftermath.
   
The helicopter went down at around 4.30pm (14h30 GMT) in a field far from any residential zone.
   
Weather conditions were excellent at the time of the crash, officials said.
   
There was no immediate information on what caused the accident. An inquiry into the cause of the crash will be carried out, French officials said.
   
The Italian defence ministry said the aircraft was a Sikorsky HH3F Pelican engaged in manoeuvres alongside the French military.
   
It was en route with another Italian helicopter between the French towns of Dijon and Florent-en-Argonne when it went down, said the ministry in Rome.
  

Date created : 2008-10-23

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