Helicopter Crash in Cambodia Kills 4 People, 1 survivor

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Helicopter Crash in Cambodia Kills 4 People, 1 survivor

Post by General Mackevili » Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:02 pm

Looks like 2 generals were killed, 2 pilots killed, and one unidentified person who was first reported as dead has actually survived...





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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia's air force were killed in a crash Monday, along with two pilots, police said. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who rushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said a fifth person on the chopper was seriously injured.

Gen. Um Phy, deputy chief of staff of Cambodia's air force, confirmed the casualty count and said the aircraft was a Chinese-made Z-9 helicopter. Authorities had previously said five people were killed.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, which police said was a training mission for new pilots. More than six hours after the morning crash, only two bodies had been recovered, and divers were still looking for the other two.

Two of the dead men were a major general and a brigadier general, Phnom Penh Deputy Police Chief Chuon Narin said. An incident report filed by police at the scene said the generals were the commander and deputy commander of the helicopter unit, and the other two men were pilots. Military officials confirmed the men's ranks, but not their positions. The survivor was not identified.

The chopper went down about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Phnom Penh, sinking in a muddy pond surrounded by rural land and rice fields.

Defense Ministry Secretary of State Moeung Samphan said 300 military personnel were sent to take part in the recovery operation.

Chhay Bunna, chief of police at Phnom Penh's nearby international airport, said the flight was a training mission for new pilots. Tea Banh said the area where the crash took place has been used for training for several years without any previous accidents.

A witness said she saw helicopters flying the same route almost every day, but the doomed flight seemed to be flying lower than usual, almost hitting her house.

Ath Neang, 48, who lives about 15 meters (yards) from the pond, said that as one of the craft's rotor blades hit the bank of the pond, one man jumped out into the water. At about the same time, she heard what sounded like an explosion from the aircraft, which then sank.

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Re: Helicopter Crash in Cambodia Kills 4 People, 1 survivor

Post by General Mackevili » Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:55 pm

I can't tell if this is the sole survivor or not.

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Re: Helicopter Crash in Cambodia Kills 4 People, 1 survivor

Post by StroppyChops » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:21 pm

I don't mean to be disrespectful, but the dude in the foreground could have stopped fishing for the short while it took them to do that...
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Re: Helicopter Crash in Cambodia Kills 4 People, 1 survivor

Post by Jacobincambodia » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:22 pm

I read that the count is up to 6, sadly.
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Re: Helicopter Crash in Cambodia Kills 4 People, 1 survivor

Post by Sailorman » Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:48 am

That's leaves only 1998 generals left to run the military.
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Re: Helicopter Crash in Cambodia Kills 4 People, 1 survivor

Post by Joker Poker » Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:07 am

Maybe that explains the 20 truck military convoy I passed yesterday on the road to northern Kandal province. They were heading south towards Phnom Penh.
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AIR CRASH: Five dead as Cambodian helicopter crashes, reason

Post by flying chicken » Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:44 pm

In yet another air bound tragedy, five Cambodian soldiers died and one was seriously injured in a helicopter crash during military training on the outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh.

Defence Minister Tea Banh told AFP via a telephonic conversation that the government was investigating the cause of the crash.

“Five people were killed and one was seriously injured,” he added. All victims were military trainees.

The helicopter was one of the 12 choppers Cambodia bought from China last year to boost its military capacity.

According to a AFP reporter at the site, a rescue team and police officers had arrived at the crash site, where the wrecked helicopter appeared to be submerged in water in a ditch.

This is the second major air accident in the country after 2008, when Cambodia’s chief policeman Hok Lundy was killed in a helicopter crash along with the then deputy army commander and two pilots.
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Re: AIR CRASH: Five dead as Cambodian helicopter crashes, re

Post by flying chicken » Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:55 pm

Copter Crash Kills 2 Cambodian Military Generals

Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia's air force were killed in a crash Monday, along with two pilots, police said. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who rushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said a fifth person on the chopper was seriously injured.

Gen. Um Phy, deputy chief of staff of Cambodia's air force, confirmed the casualty count and said the aircraft was a Chinese-made Z-9 helicopter. Authorities had previously said five people were killed.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, which police said was a training mission for new pilots.

Two of the dead men were a major general and a brigadier general, Phnom Penh Deputy Police Chief Chuon Narin said. An incident report filed by police at the scene said the generals were the head and deputy head of the helicopter unit, and the other two men were pilots. Military officials confirmed the men's ranks, but not their positions. The survivor was not identified.

The chopper went down about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Phnom Penh, sinking in a rain-filled excavated rice field surrounded by rural land and other fields. Defense Ministry Secretary of State Moeung Samphan said 300 military personnel were sent to take part in the recovery operation. By evening, all four bodies had been recovered, said Um Phy.

The main part of the helicopter's fuselage, whose cabin could be seen badly mangled in photographs from the local DAP news agency as it was lifted by a winch, was also retrieved and taken to air force headquarters for inspection, he said.

Cambodia last year took delivery of 12 of the Z-9 helicopters, a licensed version of France's Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin that can carry nine passengers in addition to a pilot. The aircraft were purchased with a $195 million loan made to Cambodia in 2011 by China, the closest ally of the small Southeast Asian nation.

The helicopters were meant to replace a small fleet of aging Soviet-made transport helicopters. The deal with China was made as Cambodia was engaged in intermittent border warfare with neighboring Thailand, but it was unclear if any were fitted as attack helicopters, which would be the first ever in Cambodia's arsenal. Cambodia has a strong disadvantage in air power compared to larger neighbors Thailand and Vietnam.

Chhay Bunna, chief of police at Phnom Penh's nearby international airport, said the flight was a training mission for new pilots. Tea Banh said the area where the crash took place has been used for training for several years without any previous accidents.

A witness said she saw helicopters flying the same route almost every day, but the doomed flight seemed to be flying lower than usual, almost hitting her house.

Ath Neang, 48, who lives about 15 meters (yards) from the pond, said that as one of the craft's rotor blades hit the bank of the pond, one man jumped out into the water. At about the same time, she heard what sounded like an explosion from the aircraft, which then sank.

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Re: AIR CRASH: Five dead as Cambodian helicopter crashes, re

Post by Jacobincambodia » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:15 pm

Did you see there was a thread on this already?
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Re: AIR CRASH: Five dead as Cambodian helicopter crashes, re

Post by Joker Poker » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:19 pm

3 actually...
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