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18 killed in Ethiopian military helicopter crash

The aircraft crashed on a flight between the eastern Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa and the air force headquarters in Bishoftu. The cause of the crash is being investigated, an official said.

world Updated: Aug 30, 2018 20:18 IST
Agence France-Presse
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Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
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Everyone on board — 15 soldiers and three civilians — was killed.(AP/Picture for representation)

An Ethiopian military helicopter crashed on Thursday, killing 18 people, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

The aircraft crashed on a flight between the eastern city of Dire Dawa and the Ethiopian air force headquarters in Bishoftu, a resort town southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the agency said.

Everyone on board — 15 soldiers and three civilians — was killed.

“The cause of the crash is being investigated. I express deep sorrow for those who lost their lives,” Addisu Arega, a top official in Oromia region where the crash occurred, wrote on Facebook.

In 2013, an Ethiopian military cargo plane crashed in Mogadishu, killing four crew members.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 20:16 IST