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Helicopter Crash: Government Launches Probe

4 June 2007 at 18:53 | 1091 views

Press Release.

Office of the Vice President
Spur Road, Freetown
Tel: +232-76-651-584


Freetown, Sierra Leone - June 4th 2007. The Government of Sierra Leone regrets to announce the death on Sunday, 3rd June, 2007, of 20 Togolese Football Officials and Fans, including the Togolese Minister of Sports and a Russian Crew Member, on board a Paramount Airlines Helicopter flight from Freetown to Lungi International Airport.

The bodies of the victims have been recovered and arrangements are underway to return them to the Republic of Togo.

The cause of the accident is not immediately known. An Investigative Panel is being constituted to look into the cause(s) of the crash. Government has sent condolences to the Togolese Government and family members of the deceased. A Three Day Period of Mourning is hereby declared. A Government delegation will visit Togo to express our nation’s grief at the loss of their nationals.

Meanwhile, all commercial helicopter operations within the country have been suspended with immediate effect.

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Photo: Vice President Solomon Berewa of Sierra Leone.