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Monday, October 15, 2012

7 UN staffers injured in copter emergency landing

Posted on 2012-10-15 14:18:29

BAMYAN CITY (PAN): Seven UN employees were injured when the helicopter carrying them made an emergency landing in the central province of Bamyan, officials said on Monday.

The MI-8, with six foreign and 14 Afghan employees of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), made the emergency landing in the Sar Qul area of Yakawlang district.

UNAMA spokesman Nazifullah Salarzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the emergency landing took place on Sunday night due to a technical fault, injuring two foreign and five Afghan employees of the UN mission.

“We saw the helicopter crashing into a tree and falling in a potato field,” said a resident of the village, Hafizullah.

Security personnel were sent to the scene to take care of the wreckage, said the district chief, Abdul Ahmad Mubarez, who gave no further details of the incident.

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