Spain: 6 firefighters die in helicopter crash

AP News
Posted: Mar 19, 2011 11:59 AM
Spain: 6 firefighters die in helicopter crash

The Interior Ministry says six firefighters have died when their helicopter crashed in a remote region in the northeastern province of Aragon as they flew to try and put out a wildfire.

The ministry statement says a seventh crew member survived the accident and has been flown to hospital in the city of Teruel.

It said the helicopter hit the ground between the villages of Villastar and Cubla on Saturday afternoon, and the cause of the crash was unknown.

Speaking in Paris, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero offered his condolences to the families and friends of the firefighters.