The helicopter crashed on the morning of September 2 near the city of Goma in the east of the country, with three crew members on board. All of them survived and were hospitalized. The helicopter belongs to JSC Nizhnevartovskavia, the causes of the crash are unknown
The Federal Air Transport Agency is organizing an investigation into the crash of a UN mission helicopter in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on September 2, work on this together with the organization’s employees has already begun, RBC was told in the press service of the Federal Air Transport Agency.
“Rosaviatsia < …> began to work together with colleagues from the UN in order to clarify the circumstances and causes of this event, including assistance to the crew, — noted in the department.
Earlier, the Actualite portal, citing the head of the community where the crash occurred, Mwami Bauma reported that a UN mission helicopter crashed in the province of North Kivu near the city of Goma. The helicopter crashed in Virunga National Park with three people on board. All of them survived, but were injured and were hospitalized.
The aircraft was chartered by the World Food Program (WFP) at the organization, the portal reported. According to him, the helicopter crashed around 9:30 am local time (11:30 Moscow time). In turn, Reuters, citing representatives of the WFP, claimed that the helicopter was operating in the interests of the Air Humanitarian Service (UNHAS) at the runway.
The Federal Air Transport Agency confirmed the data on three victims and clarified that it was a Mi-8 helicopter , in which there were three crew members.
“The helicopter was transporting cargo in the interests of the UN peacekeeping mission. The crew is alive, it is being assisted by local residents,— reported in the department. According to him, the aircraft belongs to Nizhnevartovskavia JSC.
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There was no official data on the cause of the crash, but the portal, citing members of the public, claims that it was raining heavily in the crash area.
The helicopter crashed in the eastern part of the republic, where a month ago the crash suffered another board of the UN mission. As a result, one Russian was killed— Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, senior Russian military observer group, Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Mizyura, said.
The UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The population opposes her presence, because of which protests have repeatedly begun in the country. The authorities of the country also demanded that the official representative of the mission, Matthias Gillmann, leave the republic.
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