5 die in helicopter crash in Romania

  • AP, Bucharest, Romania
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  • Updated: Jul 30, 2013 02:58 IST

Authorities say five people have died, including three German citizens, after a helicopter crashed into a lake in northwest Romania shortly after takeoff.

Ovidiu Petru Oltean, the mayor of the town of Taureni where the crash occurred, said the helicopter crashed on Monday minutes after takeoff into a two-meter (6.6 feet) deep lake.

He said three unidentified German businessmen, Romanian businessman Sorin Terbea, and the pilot died in the crash. They had been visiting a wood manufacturing plant in the area.

Cristian Boeriu of the emergency services division said that four bodies had been retrieved from the lake and one was trapped in the helicopter. A woman identified as Terbea's assistant survived the crash is being treated in a hospital.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

 

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