7 killed in Serbian military helicopter crash

2015-03-14 16:01
Military investigators seen near the site of a helicopter crash on the outskirts of Belgrade, Serbia. (Darko Vojinovic, AP)

Military investigators seen near the site of a helicopter crash on the outskirts of Belgrade, Serbia. (Darko Vojinovic, AP)

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Belgrade - A Serbian military helicopter crashed near Belgrade while evacuating a sick baby from south of the country, killing all seven people on board, officials said on Saturday.

The defence ministry said no one survived the crash late on Friday night near Belgrade's international airport, about 30km west of the capital.

Serbia's state TV said the Russian-made MI-17 transport helicopter had four crew members, two medical workers and the 5-day-old baby with life-threatening respiratory problems.

The crash occurred in foggy weather, which had caused several commercial flights to be rerouted to other destinations.

The military said all contact with the aircraft was lost at 22:31 on Friday after it apparently tried to make an emergency landing while running out of fuel near the airport.

Floodlights at two of Belgrade's biggest soccer stadiums were lit to help the pilots to find a spot to land.

The helicopter was dispatched to the southern region of Raska after an ambulance transporting the baby to an emergency hospital in Belgrade got stuck by a landslide blocking the road.

Serbia's Defence Minister Bratislav Gasic said the chopper was the only one in the army with advanced medevac equipment.

He called the killed pilots "the best" the army had.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic called for a day of mourning and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

 

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