Helicopter hits zip line cable and crashes on the Jebel Jais mountain of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), killing all four people aboard

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On 29 December, a rescue helicopter, belonging to the UAE’s National Search and Rescue Center, crashed on the Jebel Jais mountain of Ras Al Khaimah killing its four crew members.

The aircraft crashed on rough terrain, catching fire on impact. Its crew of four – two pilots, a navigator and a doctor – have been confirmed dead. The medical worker on board was reportedly a foreigner, while the three others were UAE nationals.

The helicopter was on a mission to airlift an injured man from Jebel Jais. Before reaching the injured man, the helicopter hit a zip line cable, a 2,800-metre long attraction perched above the towering peak of the mountain.

Dramatic video footage showing the crash:

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