Two Europeans had been amongst eight folks killed after a peacekeeping pressure”s helicopter crashed in Egypt.
They had been all uniformed members of the Multinational Pressure and Observers (MFO) mission, which oversees a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
Six of the victims had been from the US, one from France and one other from the Czech Republic, MFO said in a statement.
One particular person survived the accident, however was significantly injured the pressure added.
“Throughout a routine mission within the neighborhood of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 9 members of the Multinational Pressure and Observers (MFO) had been concerned in a helicopter crash,” the assertion learn.
“We’re deeply saddened to report that eight uniformed MFO members had been killed; six US residents, one French, and one Czech.
“One US MFO Member survived and was medically evacuated. Names are being withheld pending notification of subsequent of kin.
“The MFO will conduct an investigation to find out the reason for the accident.”
The helicopter got here down close to Sharm el-Sheikh, a well-liked Egyptian resort metropolis on the Crimson Sea. The MFO didn’t give a exact location of the crash or say whether or not the helicopter fell on land or crashed into the ocean.
An Egyptian official talking on situation of anonymity per laws, stated the helicopter crashed over Crimson Sea waters exterior Egyptian territorial boundaries.
Islamic militant teams and a regional affiliate of the Islamic State group are recognized to be lively in Sinai. However the MFO stated there have been no indicators of an assault. “At this level, there isn’t a info to point the crash was something besides an accident,” it stated.
An Israeli official stated the injured peacekeeper was airlifted by the peacekeeping pressure to the Israeli border metropolis of Eilat. From there, he was flown to an Israeli hospital. The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not licensed to debate the matter.
The Czech Republic’s navy confirmed one of many fatalities of the Black Hawk’s crash was Czech. It stated the reason for the crash was a technical malfunction and added that the survivor is in important situation.The chief of the Czech military’s basic employees, Gen. Ales Opata, expressed his condolences and recognized the sufferer in a Fb put up as Sgt. Maj. Michaela Ticha.
The MFO screens the four-decade-old peace settlement between Israel and Egypt. 13 nations contribute troops to the MFO, with the US making up the biggest contingent. Its tasks embody monitoring troop ranges alongside the border and making certain the liberty of navigation by the Strait of Tiran.