Five Killed, One Injured in Military Helicopter Crash in South Korea

July 17, 2018 Updated: July 17, 2018

A military helicopter crash in South Korea killed five people on Tuesday.

Another person on board was injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, officials said, with severe cuts to his face and knees.

The helicopter was on a test flight after repairs, the Marine Corps told Yonhap.

It was flying at a height of about 10 meters (32.8 feet), around 4:46 p.m. local time, when it caught fire and crashed in the city of Pohang.

The names of the passengers and pilots weren’t released as of yet but all of the deceased were Marines, officials told The Korea Herald. The injured person was identified as a Marine master sergeant surnamed Kim.

The military plans to form a committee to investigate the cause of the crash.

The helicopter was a MUH-1, a Marine version of the KUH-1 helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries, and was part of a package received in January.

The MUH-1 helicopters are the first major aircraft possessed by the Marines, which had previously relied on other branches to transport its members and equipment.


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