Military helicopter crashes in Ethiopia


A military helicopter crashed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region on and all 18 aboard, including 15 soldiers, were killed state-affiliated news agency Fana said.

The other three dead were civilians, Fana said. There was no immediate word on exactly where the helicopter came down and whether there were any casualties or damage on the ground.

Addisu Arega, a Oromiya regional cabinet minister, confirmed the Fana report and tweeted: “All passengers on board died. The cause is under investigation. Our condolences to the families.”

The helicopter was flying from Dire Dawa and headed to Bishoftu 60 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, Addisu said.