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Police helicopter flying to rescue a mountain climber crashes in Spain, killing all three crew members

Published on Aug 25, 2014 3:15 AM
 

MADRID (AFP) - A police helicopter flying to rescue a mountain climber with a broken ankle crashed in Spain on Sunday, killing all three crew members on board, emergency services said.

The helicopter's blades struck the side of a mountain close to the Picos de Europa range in the northwestern province of Leon. The aircraft then slid down the rock face, regional emergency services said in a statement.

Two Guardia Civil pilots and a member of a mountain rescue team died in the accident, it said.

A fourth member of the rescue team who had already exited the helicopter to search for the injured climber sounded the alarm, a spokesman said.

 
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