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Army helicopter crashes in Greece; four killed

A Greek army helicopter has crashed in northern Greece, killing the crew of four, authorities said.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 08:49 IST

A Greek army helicopter has crashed in northern Greece, killing the crew of four, authorities said.

Rescue teams that reached the crash spot, near the village of Karyotissa west of the northern port city of Thessaloniki, recovered all four bodies, police said.

The helicopter had taken off on a training flight from a military base at Alexandria, in the Imathia region of northern Greece at 7.30pmon Monday and vanished from radar screens around 8.10pm, police said.

Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis cut short a visit to the northwestern town of Ioannina to rush to the crash site, together with army officers.

An army official said the helicopter appeared to have suffered engine failure.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 08:49 IST