German Helicopter With Two UN Peacekeepers Crashes in Mali

Paterniano Del Favero
Luglio 27, 2017

MINUSMA in a statement confirmed the two United Nations peacekeepers had been killed and that the crash was thought to have been the result of a mechanical failure.

The Tiger helicopter crashed around 1220 GMT, about 70 km (45 miles) north of Gao, burning out completely with no survivors.

"Onboard the helicopter were two service members, who died in the crash", the Bundeswehr said in a statement.

The United Nations operation, launched in 2013, is considered the UN's most unsafe peacekeeping mission, with dozens of its staff killed over the last four years.

A German team was headed to Gao today to search for the flight data recorder.

Initial information suggests the crash appeared to be an accident and there were no signs of attack.

The army believes the Tiger helicopter was the victim of "a massive technical failure", the German magazine Der Spiegel reported.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the news of the deaths filled him "with great sadness" and that his thoughts were with the pilots' relatives.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen also expressed their condolences.

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