French military helicopter kills pilot in Ivory Coast

A soldier stands next to a French military vehicle in front of the debris covered by tarpaulin on July 11, 2018, following the crash of a French army Gazelle helicopter close to a residential area, near Abidjan on July 10, 2018. Photo: Issouf Sanogo / AFP

PARIS –  A French military helicopter crashed in Ivory Coast while on a training mission, killing the pilot and seriously wounding a second crew member, the French army said on Wednesday.

The Gazelle helicopter came down about 20 kilometres east of the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan.

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"The cause of the accident is still to be determined," the French army said in a statement.



Both helicopter crew were transferred to a French military base at Port Bouet, where the pilot died. The other crewman is being airlifted to France for further treatment, the army said.


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