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

More from Europe

Romania election: more a plebiscite on corruption than a policy race

Parliamentary elections in Romania on Sunday are more a referendum on corruption than a vote on policies.

Parliament backs Brexit timetable after May's concession on plan

British lawmakers backed Prime Minister Theresa May's timetable for Brexit negotiations by a large majority late...

Renzi quits as prime minister, leaving Italy in political quagmire

Italy was plunged into fresh political turmoil Wednesday, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned after complying...

NATO strongly supports Ukraine's integrity, says Croatian FM

NATO strongly supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and the European Union's sanctions against Russia will remain...

Three detained in France for connection to police killings

Three men have been detained in France for their suspected links to Larossi Abballa, the extremist who killed two...