5 dead in helicopter crash at South Korean marine base

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 17, 2018 at 3:47 a.m.



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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Five people were killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash at a South Korean marine base in the southeastern city of Pohang, the Defense Ministry said.

The helicopter, which was being test-flown after a repair, caught fire after it crashed to the ground from about 10 meters (33 feet) in the air, the ministry said.

One person survived the crash and was being treated at a nearby hospital, it said. The severity of the person's injury wasn't immediately known. The names of the pilots and passengers weren't immediately announced.

The military plans to form a committee to investigate the cause of the crash.

Tuesday's crash was the second fatal accident involving South Korean military aircraft in recent months. Pohang is not far from where a South Korean F-15K fighter jet crashed into a mountain in April, killing both the pilot and co-pilot.

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