An Airbus H225 rescue helicopter crashes off Korean coast: all seven people on board feared dead

A H225 helicopter of Korean Search & Rescue

An Airbus H225 Super Puma helicopter from Korean rescue services crashed into the sea, while transporting a patient to a hospital. No sign of life was detected from the seven people on board.

An Airbus helicopter belonging to South Korean fire services crashed into the sea Thursday night near Liancourt Rocks, a group of islets claimed by South Korea, and the seven occupants of the aircraft have not given any sign of life at this stage.

The Airbus H225 Super Puma was transporting a wounded sailor to a hospital and crashed shortly after taking off from Liancourt.

The aircraft, which entered service in 2016, was flown by two experienced pilots, says news agency Yonhap. Onboard were also three firefighters, the patient and another person.

At this point, no cause of the accident in South Korea is known. The H225, formerly known as the Eurocopter EC-225, is a long-range rescue aircraft capable of flying in any weather condition.

UPDATE: Divers have located the helicopter and found one body close to the wreckage.

The French BEA is sending a team to help to identify the causes of the accident.


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