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Three killed in UN helicopter crash in S. Sudan’s Unity state

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August 26, 2014 (JUBA) – A United Nations-contracted helicopter has crashed in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state, killing three Russian crew members on board.

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A United Nations helicoper (UN photo)

The MI-8 helicopter went down about 10km south of the state capital, Bentiu, on Tuesday at 2.28pm (local time), the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement.

“Concerning the helicopter incident in South Sudan, the UN Mission in South Sudan can confirm that three crew members of a helicopter contracted by the United Nations died today (Tuesday) when it crashed near Bentiu in Unity state,” Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said at a press conference in New York.

The sole surviving crew member has received treatment from Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Bentiu, said Dujarric.

The helicopter, which was contracted from a Russian company, was on a routine cargo flight from Wau to Bentiu when contact was lost.

UNMISS dispatched a search and rescue team to the site of the incident.

The circumstances leading up to the incident remains unknown.

The mission said it has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

“Investigations regarding the cause of the incident will begin as soon as possible,” it said in a statement.

Toby Lanzer, the officer-in-charge of UNMISS, expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a full and speedy recovery to the injured crew member.

Unity state has been a flashpoint for violence since conflict erupted in South Sudan in mid-December last year, with Bentiu changing hands several times between government forces and rebel fighters.

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  • 26 August 2014 17:42, by Dengic

    Watch out.Rebels might have shot down the chopper.They accused the IGAD the other day of bringing spies to their controlled area without informing them.

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    • 27 August 2014 08:48, by Ayuen deng

      Sorry !! Those are the prices of real peace keeping now what will UNMISS do with offenders.it is too much killing in UNMISS.

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  • 26 August 2014 18:20, by jacob mayen ajuoi

    These chopper was shot down by rebels

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  • 26 August 2014 18:31, by Madina Tonj

    The UN transport Helicopter maybe the rebel has shot down.I think It is very undeniable on rebel side, because they already did it when the IGAD monitors team land on their land and they beat them up until one of monitor team came and die in Juba. I will say again, Riek Machar and his rebels must faces punishment they want. This Riek has no objective than disasters just like Joseph Kony of Uganda

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    • 26 August 2014 19:04, by Gatkuoth

      Why are you panicking!!! wait. The crash took place in the Government controlled area (10 km from the town) remember the Government spoke person said that the rebel were far away (50 km) from Bentiu. Wait for the investigation.

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  • 26 August 2014 18:31, by Madina Tonj

    The UN transport Helicopter maybe the rebel has shot down.I think It is very undeniable on rebel side, because they already did it when the IGAD monitors team land on their land and they beat them up until one of monitor team came and die in Juba. I will say again, Riek Machar and his rebels must faces punishment they want. This Riek has no objective than disasters just like Joseph Kony of Uganda

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  • 26 August 2014 18:32, by Madina Tonj

    The UN transport Helicopter maybe the rebel has shot down.I think It is very undeniable on rebel side, because they already did it when the IGAD monitors team land on their land and they beat them up until one of monitor team came and die in Juba. I will say again, Riek Machar and his rebels must faces punishment they want. This Riek has no objective than disasters just like Joseph Kony of Uganda

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  • 26 August 2014 18:47, by Marco A. Wek

    It is unfortunate that UN personals are losing their lives in South Sudan. The world will start to know the true color of those unruly people who rebelled against South Sudanese government.

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  • 26 August 2014 19:16, by Madina Tonj

    Breaking News in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

    The Son of late Dr.John Garang de Mabior has made attempted to assassinate South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit however, his attempted on assassination has failed in the International Holt. The rebel cpt Mabior Garang Mabior was been inform by Nuer to do this as oppose to death of his father but the security have prevent to happen in Addis Ababa Holt

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  • 26 August 2014 22:01, by Ross

    Dear All;

    Notice that if Rebel would have shooted at UN Aircraft, United Nation would have condemn the incident, but UN final invistegation is under way according to OIC for the Mission.

    Please, kindly be wise to determin the right statement and the truth of the incident.

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  • 26 August 2014 22:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Only rebel should be charge on the chopper crashed.
    No more investigations or question over the incident,
    the SPLM-IO-NUER knowledge, the helicopter is a cargo plan, they meant the plans is carrying food, they just need food that is main for the tribe call Nuer.

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  • 26 August 2014 22:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Only rebel should be charge on the chopper crashed.
    No more investigations or question over the incident,
    the SPLM-IO-NUER knowledge, the helicopter is a cargo plan, they meant the plans is carrying food, they just need food that is main for the tribe call Nuer.

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  • 27 August 2014 01:32, by akid malual

    The is no other or doubt sure un craft was shot down by south Sudan rebel . musafucker are so suffering in the jungle no foods for themselves.

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  • 27 August 2014 02:50, by wang

    This crashed was caused by a pure natural events and stop pointing wrong figures on the Freedom Fighters… if it was obviously been shot down by whoever may have done it, but possibly by SPLA gangs then there wouldn’t be have been a survivors in the plane

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  • 27 August 2014 05:32, by marie

    If the rebels have the capability of downing a chopper, then this is an organized group not white army from villages as claimed by many

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