South Korean army helicopter crashes during test flight, killing 3 soldiers

Parts of a crashed army helicopter scattered about a civilian farm in Chuncheon, Gangwon province, South Korea, on Feb 15, 2016.
Parts of a crashed army helicopter scattered about a civilian farm in Chuncheon, Gangwon province, South Korea, on Feb 15, 2016.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Debris from an army helicopter crash close to a civilian farm in Chuncheon, Gangwon province in South Korea, on Feb 15, 2016, during an inspection flight.
Debris from an army helicopter crash close to a civilian farm in Chuncheon, Gangwon province in South Korea, on Feb 15, 2016, during an inspection flight. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

SEOUL (REUTERS) - A South Korean army helicopter crashed during a test flight on Monday (Feb 15) morning, killing three soldiers, the country's Defence Ministry said.

All four crew members aboard were severely injured and three of them later died in hospital, a ministry official said.

The crash of the Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter took place at around 10am local time in the eastern city of Chuncheon, about 110km from Seoul.

Officials are investigating the cause of the crash.