Ethiopia military helicopter crash kills 18

An Ethiopian military helicopter crashed on Thursday, August 30, killing all 18 people on board, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcast Corporate reported.

The aircraft crashed on a flight between the eastern city of Dire Dawa and Bishoftu, in the centre of the country, the agency said.

Everyone on board – 15 soldiers and three civilians – was killed.

There were no immediate details about the cause of the crash, or what type of helicopter was involved. Ethiopia fields a number of Mi-17 utility helicopters, also known as the Mi-8.

In 2013, an Ethiopian military cargo plane crashed in Mogadishu, killing four crew members.

With reporting from AFP

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