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Spanish helicopter crashes in Haiti

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(One of the Castilla helicopters, March 2010 – photo credit: Spanish Navy)

(BRUSSELS2) A Spanish Agusta-Bell 212 helicopter from the “Hispaniola” group crashed yesterday on the island of Haiti, returning from a logistical mission in the Dominican Republic. The 4 occupants of the aircraft died, their bodies found and identified and transferred to the ship “Castilla”. They were participating in the mission coordinated by the European Union to aid the reconstruction of Haiti (Euco).

The two helicopters carrying out the mission lost contact in an area of ​​low visibility. Research was then begun in which UN (Minustah) and American forces participated. They made it possible to locate the crashed helicopter on a difficult-to-access mountainside near the town of Fond-Verettes.

Another accident occurred in the same area last October, killing 11 people. But this is the first accident for the EUCO mission (see the page memoriam).

NB: Cathy Ashton, the High Representative, was on board one of these helicopters during her visit to Haiti.

(NVP)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).