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Papua Gubernur

6 confirmed dead in helicopter crash in Indonesia

www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-03 14:01:07


JAKARTA, Sept. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- An Indonesian rescue team has confirmed that six people were killed after a police helicopter crashed into a jungle in West Sumatra province, local press reported Saturday.

The helicopter was flying in a bad weather and caught fire before it crashed into the forest on Thursday, The Jakarta Post newspaper reported.

Co-pilot Sen. Insp. Asep was the only survivor in the accident. He was found by the rescue team when crawling out of the jungle for help with severe knee injury.

Meanwhile, the Antara news agency reported that the evacuation process has been hampered by bad weather.

The rescue team resumed the evacuation Saturday morning.

Carrying six middle-ranking police officers and a journalist, the ill-fated MI-2 helicopter crashed when it was on the way to the West Sumatra capital of Padang after inspecting forest fires in South Solok regency.

Witnesses said they heard explosion before the helicopter went down, Antara said.

The accident is the second involving police plane this year, after a Cassa 212 airplane nosed-dived into an estuary meters in front of Sarmi Airport in Papua province, killing 15 people. Enditem

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