Spain: 3 crew of crashed military helicopter rescued

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Posted: Oct 23, 2015 5:04 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Defense Ministry says three crew members of a military helicopter that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean have been rescued by a Moroccan patrol boat.

A note on the ministry's official Twitter account says the three were taken to the Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara town of Dakhla.

The helicopter went down Thursday afternoon about 280 nautical miles (519 kilometers/ 320 miles) from its destination on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. It had set off from Mauritania after refueling there following two weeks of military exercises in Senegal.

A Moroccan rescue helicopter spotted the aircraft floating and saw flares fired from a life raft before the patrol boat picked up the crew.

The ministry didn't say what might have caused the helicopter to go down.

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This story has been corrected to show distance conversion figure 519 is kilometers, not statute miles.