Helicopter with UN personnel crashes in Ethiopia

UN helicopter crashes near Ethiopia's capital; injuries reported


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A helicopter carrying U.N. personnel crashed in Ethiopia today, injuring several people on board, officials said.

The helicopter crashed in the town of Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) outside Addis Ababa, said Dina Mufti, the spokesman for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dina said there were multiple injuries but he had no further details.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said the helicopter was en route to South Sudan for eventual use by the World Food Program in Jonglei. Haq said the helicopter was owned by Russian company PANH Helicopters.

Ethiopia’s state-run news agency, citing the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, reported that two Russian-made helicopters were traveling from Djibouti to Addis Ababa on their way to South Sudan.

It said one helicopter crashed with four people on board, including two pilots.