Posted Fri Feb 5, 2010 3:44pm AEDT A helicopter believed to be involved in aid operations in Haiti has crashed in the western Dominican Republic, killing two men who were aboard, officials say.
"Up to now we have two bodies, the pilot and co-pilot," Dominican Civil Aeronautics Institute spokesman Pedro Jimenez said. The nationality of the two killed was not immediately clear. The R44 helicopter, a light four-seat civil aircraft produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company of the United States, crashed about 7.00pm (local time) in the province of Dajabon, 305 kilometres north-west of the capital Santo Domingo, Mr Jimenez said. The aircraft was en route from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to Santiago, in the northern Dominican Republic.
"Apparently it was one of those helicopters involved in the rescue in Haiti," Mr Jimenez said, referring to the aftermath of last month's massive earthquake. Mr Jimenez said the pilots did not inform air traffic controllers of any flight difficulties and authorities had launched an investigation.
Two Americans were killed when their helicopter, which was participating in aid and recovery operations in earthquake-hit Haiti, crashed in the Dominican Republic, aviation authorities said on Friday. Skip related content
The U.S.-registered helicopter hit a mountain and burst into flames on Thursday evening at Restauracion, close to the Haitian border, some 175 miles (280 km) northwest of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's National Institute of Civil Aviation said in a statement. The institute identified the dead Americans as James Jaloe and John Ward. But it gave no more details of their mission or cargo. It said the helicopter was heading to Santo Domingo from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and that it had been helping with aid operations for survivors of the quake. The U.S. government and U.S. aid and charity groups have been spearheading a huge international relief operation to help hundreds of thousands of injured and homeless survivors of the Haitian quake that struck on January 12.
(Reporting by Manuel Jimenez; Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Will Dunham)
CNN has just reported helicopter down in Haiti---reported two aboard,possibly one a Doctor. CNN just reported Helicopter down in DR,not Haiti but involved in Haiti aid operations.Suggested down in mountains.No word on passengers or crew yet.
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