French military helicopter kills pilot in Ivory Coast

WEB_PHOTO_Gazelle_Crash_110718

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.

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.

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.

READ: Investigators probe scene of Wonderboom plane crash for clues

"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.