Saturday 25 May 2019

One dead, six missing after French military helicopter crash

At least one person is dead and six are still missing after a military helicopter with 10 French soldiers on board crashed into the sea off the African state of Gabon.

The helicopter came down shortly after take-off near the coastal city of Port Gentil during a joint exercise with Gabonese troops.

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered defence minister to fly to Gabon to oversee the rescue operation.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

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