'Wreckage of Israeli helicopter found totally dismembered'

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 27, 2010 11:48

BUCHAREST, Romania — The wreckage of an Israeli military helicopter that crashed into a mountain in central Romania has been found, and none of the seven soldiers aboard — one Romania and six Israeli — appear to have survived the crash, officials said Tuesday.

Mircea Opris, Romania's chief mountain rescue official, said the remains of the helicopter were found after it crashed Monday. He said that the chopper had burst into flames after it hit a mountain wall in a remote area of central Romania.

"It is totally dismembered," Opris said in an interview with Realitatea TV.

Ciprian Aldea, a spokesman for the local police force, said human remains and helicopter parts were scattered in the area.

"Corpses, as such, have not been found. It is a very difficult area, very rocky," he said. "You can't reach the area without the appropriate search equipment."


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