IN SHORT

Military helicopter crash kills three

A MILITARY helicopter belonging to the Prešov military airbase crashed on May 10 at around 21:30 between Sabinov and Ražňany (East Slovakia).

According to unofficial reports the accident took three lives, in all probability the crew of the aircraft, the daily SME reported.

Head of the Slovak Air Force Jozef Dunaj ruled out a technical defect as the cause of the crash. He said that the helicopter was in good technical condition and was halfway in its life span.

According to the SITA news agency, the three men who died were chief pilot Major Imrich Gonda (39), co-pilot Major Vladimír Rišian (37) and Mikuláš Ragáň (24), the on-board technician.

Defence Minister Juraj Liška and Chief of Staff of the Slovak Army Ľubomír Bulík sent condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers.

Since 1993 there have been 13 aeroplane accidents, including the most recent one. The worst accident took place in October 2003, when a Mi-17 helicopter crashed near the village of Pušovce in Eastern Slovakia, killing four soldiers.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Railway station in Košice

Who’s the foreigner in this country now?

The virus has highlighted some differences between migrants and locals, but erased others.

10 h
Košice

News digest: Slovakia has passed the peak of the second wave, health minister says

Polish doctors will help take swabs in Slovakia this weekend. People who have had COVID can just show their positive test result.

22. jan
Rapid testing in Košice

Nationwide COVID-19 testing – and criticism – starts again

Longer ‘screening’ different to October operation.

22. jan
Ján Sýkora is an easy-going ice-hockey player who has got a great sense of humour.

Fashion brands mean nothing to me. Professional hockey player about his life in central Slovakia

In an entertaining interview, the down-to-earth ice hockey player, Ján Sýkora, talks about being a busy bee with a poor memory.

21. jan