Helicopter Incidents News — 08 May 2017

Photo: A fire-fighting helicopter that made an emergency landing in Samcheok, 290 kilometers east of Seoul, on the day. A maintenance worker who was on board the helicopter fell unconscious and later died after being taken to a nearby hospital. (Yonhap)

SAMCHEOK, South Korea, May 8 (Yonhap) — A crew member died after a fire-fighting helicopter made an emergency landing in eastern South Korea on Monday, officials said.

The 47-year-old maintenance worker on board the helicopter, identified only by his last name Cho, fell unconscious and later died after being taken to a nearby hospital in Samcheok, about 290 kilometers east of Seoul.

The two pilots who were on board the chopper are known to be in a stable condition.

The accident occurred around 11:46 a.m. when the chopper got stuck on a high-tension power line during a mission to put out a fire that has ravaged the country’s eastern areas, according to officials.

The helicopter was partially damaged in the process of making the landing alongside a stream, they said.

Tens of fire-fighting helicopters and thousands of people have been mobilized to contain the fire that began Saturday.

Authorities said they are investigating the details of the incident.

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