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Four Dead, One Injured After Helicopter Crash In South Korean City

SEOUL, July 17 (Bernama) -- At least four people were killed and one injured after a firefighting helicopter crashed in South Korea's southern city early Thursday, Xinhua news agency reports quoting local media.

Firefighting authorities said they received a report about 10:53 a.m. local time of a helicopter crashing in downtown Gwangju some 330 km south of capital Seoul, YTN and Yonhap News Agency reported.

The chopper with five firefighters on board crashed into the city's downtown where one-room apartments and commercial buildings stood next to each other.

Rescue workers have retrieved four bodies from the site and a female student waiting at a bus stop was injured in the crash.

The cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained.

The helicopter was returning after conducting support work for search operations for missing passengers of the ferry Sewol which capsized and sank off the southern coast on April 16.

-- BERNAMA





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