French soldiers die in Gabon crash

Five bodies recovered a day after helicopter fell into sea during military exercise.

     

    The helicopter, an AS 532 Cougar, had 10 troops on board, including six special forces paratroopers.

    It fell into the sea shortly after take-off from the French carrier La Foudre.

    Three soldiers were rescued on Saturday but one later died in a hospital in Libreville, the Gabon capital, the French army said.

    The reasons for the accident were not known. A judicial and a French defence ministry investigation will take place, according to the defence ministry.

    There are about 1,000 French troops in the west African nation, a former colony which holds one of France's four permanent military bases on the continent.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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