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Rescue crew killed in helicopter crash — UAE

/ 07:06 AM December 30, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A rescue helicopter crashed on Saturday in the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah, killing all four crew members, the United Arab Emirates state news agency WAM said.

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Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al-Qasimi, ruler of Ras Al-Khaimah, ordered an investigation into the incident that took place at 5:50 pm (1350 GMT).

Local news reports say the helicopter was on its way to airlife an injured man when it clipped a zipline on Jebel Jais mountain, the UAE’s highest peak.

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“The General Civil Aviation Authority announced the crash of an Agusta 139 helicopter during a rescue mission in Jebel Jais in Ras al-Khaimah,” said the report.

The UAE’s National Search and Rescue Center said there were four people on board.

The UAE comprises the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain. /cbb

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