Four dead after emergency helicopter crashes in Slovakia

Four people are dead after a search-and-rescue helicopter crashed in Slovakia, Interior Minister Robert Kalinak said Thursday.

It took hours to find the wreckage of the craft, as it came down in an area that is difficult to access, Kalinak said.

The air emergency service said that a patient and three crew members had been on board the flying ambulance.

The cause of the crash was still being investigated.

A witness told TA3 television that the helicopter had been called out to assist after a person broke a leg in the mountainous region near the village of Strelniky in the centre of the country.

Shortly after the helicopter took off with the patient on board, radio contact was lost.

Kalinak rushed to the scene during the night. An emergency station had been set up on a football pitch in Strelniky for the rescue operation.

Last update: Thu, 08/09/2016 - 10:39
Author: 

More from Europe

"We shall overcomb": Tens of thousands join London Women's March

An estimated 100,000 people gathered in central London on Saturday for a rally and march to show support for the...

Slovenian interior minister says Geneva convention outdated

Slovenia will not let others run its asylum policy and mange its borders, and the Geneva convention on refugees is...

Trump win causes right-wing hearts to soar at meeting in Germany

Looking west the day after US President Donald Trump's inauguration, European right-wing party leaders who had...

Hundreds protest in Berlin in solidarity with US Women's March

Hundreds are staging a demonstration for women's rights in front of the US embassy in Berlin, on the same day that a...

Five dead, 23 missing after avalanche hits Italian hotel

The death toll in an avalanche that buried a hotel in Italy earlier this week has risen to five and 23 people are...