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Seven Afghans, one Ukrainian killed in helicopter crash in Slovakia

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Sun Nov 15 2015, 9:36 am

1785410Seven Afghans and one Ukrainian have lost lives in a helicopter crash in central European country of Slovakia, the country’s interior ministry said on Saturday.

Reuters news agency reports that a Ukrainian civilian helicopter that illegally entered Slovak airspace and crashed on Wednesday killed eight people aboard including a Ukrainian pilot and five men and two women from Afghanistan.

According to the report, Slovak authorities have said an unidentified helicopter was detected in Slovak airspace on Wednesday night. They said Ukrainian authorities have not confirmed that any aircraft had crossed the border, which is also the EU’s eastern border.

Ivan Netik, spokesman for the ministry has been cited as saying that a search operation was begun after the crash but due to heavy fog found the crash site only on Friday,.

“The Mi-2 helicopter with Ukrainian markings was flying at a low altitude in very bad weather conditions, as if it was trying to avoid being detected,” Netik said.

Documents in Arabic were found at the site which point to the victims being from Afghanistan, he said.

The ministry said it was working with Ukrainian authorities to investigate and has hinted that people smuggling may have been involved.

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