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NEWS: Helicopter Carrying UN Officials Crashes in Sierra Leone; 24 Dead

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posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 10:47 AM
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A Russian built MI-8 helicopter carrying 21 UN peacekeepers and 3 Russian crewmembers has crashed in Sierra Leone, Africa. All are missing and presumed dead.
There was no distress signal from the chopper before it disappeared. A search team found the wreckage on a hillside in the jungle. There is no word yet as to the cause of the crash.
 



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More than 20 U.N. staff and others are believed dead in a helicopter that crashed on Tuesday in Sierra Leone, the United Nations announced.

The helicopter, leased by the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country, was on an operational flight in the western part of the country. "It appears there may be no survivors in this tragic incident," spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

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[edit on 29-6-2004 by Banshee]

[edit on 30-6-2004 by Zion Mainframe]




posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 11:04 AM
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More than 20 senior UN officials presumed dead.

Details still coming in.



posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 11:07 AM
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BBC;
Here
No reports of casualties, etc



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