Belgian army pilot found dead after midair helicopter mystery

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 04, 2017 10:23 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Rescuers on Monday found the body of a Belgian army helicopter pilot who had disappeared in a mysterious midair incident at a weekend airshow, local media said.

Investigators are trying to determine how and why the unnamed pilot left the controls of his Agusta A-109 on Sunday and ended up dead hundreds of meters below.

The Belgian Armed Forces said in a statement that the pilot had fallen from the aircraft but that the co-pilot, alone on board, had landed it safely.

Public broadcaster RTBF, quoting public prosecutors, said the co-pilot told them he was watching three skydivers who had just jumped from the helicopter. When he turned back round, the pilot's seat was empty and the door of the aircraft was open.

(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Gareth Jones)