Ecuador Helicopter crashes during military ceremony





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Published on Oct 28, 2009

An Ecuadorean air force helicopter has crashed during a military parade in Quito, after a fire was reported in the back end of their aircraft.

Air Force officials said two people were on board the Dhruv helicopter when it came down. Neither was seriously injured.

Eye witnesses said the aircraft was flying in military formation when a fire began in the back portion of the helicopter, and it started to spiral toward the ground.

Firemen arrived at the scene immediately and put out the flames.

The accident took place as soldiers celebrated the 89th anniversary of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces.

The helicopter is one of seven that Ecuador obtained from India last year for $45.2 million.

As a result of the accident, the government has suspended the use of the remaining six helicopters of this type in the country which includes the one used by Ecuadors President Rafael Correa.


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