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French army helicopter crashes in Ivory Coast, 1 dead

The Gazelle helicopter came down about 20 km east of the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan.

This photo taken on 11 July 2018 shows a French military vehicle in front of the debris covered by tarpaulin following the crash of a French army Gazelle helicopter close to a residential area, near Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, on 10 July 2018. Picture: AFP.

PARIS - A French military helicopter crashed in Ivory Coast while on a training mission, killing the pilot and seriously wounding a second crew member, the French army said on Wednesday.

The Gazelle helicopter came down about 20km east of the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan.

“The cause of the accident is still to be determined,” the French army said in a statement.

Both helicopter crews were transferred to a French military base at Port Bouet, where the pilot died. The other crewman is being airlifted to France for further treatment, the army said.

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