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17 dead in Ethiopia military helicopter crash

Ethiopian military aircraft crashes while flying from Eastern city of Dire Dawa to Bushoftu

30.08.2018
17 dead in Ethiopia military helicopter crash file photo

By Addis Getachew 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 

An Ethiopian military helicopter with 17 people aboard crashed around Thursday morning while flying from the Eastern city of Dire Dawa to Bushoftu, according to the state news agency (ENA).

All passengers, including several soldiers aboard the ET-AIU aircraft died in the crash that occurred in the Eastern Shoa zone, which is less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from capital Addis Ababa, ENA report said.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.

ENA also said the aircraft was burning in midair before it crashed.

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