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Two helicopters crash while battling Spanish wildfire

Two helicopters crashed while battling a wildfire in eastern Spain in unrelated accidents on Monday, leaving one pilot missing and feared dead, and injuring two other pilots, officials said.

The two helicopters came down while fighting a blaze that has raged since Thursday at Cortes de Palla near Valencia, a spokeswoman for the local emergency services said.


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The first helicopter crashed near the Forata reservoir and the sole pilot of the aircraft was missing, she said.

"A team is still looking for him," the spokeswoman said.

The second helicopter crashed about half an hour later in the Sierra Martes, said a spokesman for the central government's representative in the region of Aragon, where the aircraft are based.

"The two pilots of that helicopter were injured and have been taken to hospital," he said.

No further information about their condition was available.

by Patrick Rahir © 2012 AFP

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Source : AFP

Published on ASDNews: Jul 2, 2012

 

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