Ten die in Yemen copter crash

SANAA – A military helicopter went down in a residential section of Yemen’s capital today, killing at least 10 people. It is the second deadly air crash in Sanaa in three months.

The Sequoia 22 copter hit the tops of three buildings in the central city, Defence Ministry officials said, setting more than a dozen houses on fire. At least one of the missiles in the copter’s arsenal exploded during the crash.

At least seven civilians died on the ground, two of them children, and the crash injured 21 more people, a senior Defence Ministry official said. Three members of the military who were aboard the copter also died. They were on a training mission when it went down.


More explosions rang out after the crash.

Dozens of security force details, ambulances and fire trucks were deployed to the site.

“We are working on evacuating hundreds of residents from the area of the crash to ensure the safety of civilians,” the official said.

In November, a military cargo plane caught fire and crashed in the city, killing 10 people. (CNN)

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