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Four pilots die in helicopter crash

A CREW of four died in a Mi17 military helicopter during a test flight near the eastern Slovak town of Prešov.

The crash, which took place just outside of the village of Pušovce, is the most tragic military accident since Slovakia became independent in 1993. Since then, the country has seen 11 accidents involving military planes in which a total of seven people have died.

The circumstances of the October 9 catastrophe are under investigation, but it is believed that a technical problem was behind the tragedy. Army leaders issued an immediate ban for further Mi17 flights.

The damages to the helicopter were estimated at about Sk120 million (€2.8 million). NATO's top representatives, including the Alliance's Secretary General, George Robertson, expressed their condolences to the families of the victims. Their names were not published.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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