1 killed in Republic of Congo helicopter crash

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 10:50 AM
1 killed in Republic of Congo helicopter crash

An official says one person has been killed after a military helicopter crashed in the Republic of Congo.

Col. Patrick Morapenda says the helicopter crashed Tuesday in Badondo, some 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of the capital of Brazzaville.

He says the Russian commander was killed and the three other people aboard were injured when the chopper tried to land after bad weather.

The MI-8, a Russian-designed helicopter, had been chartered by a mining company operating in the mineral-rich part of the country.

The Republic of Congo is often overshadowed by its much larger neighbor, Congo _ the scene of numerous crashes involving aging Soviet planes.