At least five people died after the helicopter in which they were traveling crashed near a Buddhist temple in the county orient of yangyanggenerating a burst that set it on fire.
The collision occurred at 10:50 a.m. local time on a hill. model aircraft S-58T had been leased by the Governments of Yangyang, Sokcho and Goseong to monitor the area in order to prevent forest firesas reported by the Korean agency yonhap.
For now the victims have not been identifiedbut the authorities have confirmed that they amount to fiveAlthough at first it was thought that only the 74-year-old pilot and a 54-year-old mechanic were traveling in the helicopter.
Local authorities have mobilized another aircraft 28 facilities and 114 people among which are included the immediate response teams to the accident.
According to witnesses cited by the same source, the helicopter shattered into pieces and caught fire, so the troops have been careful not to approach it at first due to the risk of new explosions.
One of the firefighters said they could see that the two crew members had perished inside the helicopterbut that it is difficult to get to where they were because the fire is being put out and there is still the possibility of a second explosion.
Last April, two planes from the South Korean Air Force they collided in midair for a training flight and crashed near its base, killing all four people on board, according to authorities.
Both devices were KT-1 training — the first developed by the country — that took off from a air base in the southeastern city of Sacheonone after the other for a training flight, the Air Force explained in a statement.
The collision occurred about five minutes after takeoff of the first and about 6 km (3.7 miles) south of the Sacheon base.
Two people were traveling on each of the two planes — a trainee pilot and an instructor. All four ejected but were later found dead, he explained to the note. The victims were identified as two first lieutenants and their instructors, both civilians.
According to the department, the crash left no civilian casualties on the ground.
Lee Seong-gyeong, a Sacheon police officer, said a car was smashed by the impact of the fuselage, adding that authorities were not aware of any further serious damage. South Korean media published images of the wrecked vehicle, surrounded by machinery parts that appeared to belong to the planes.
(With information from Europa Press and The Associated Press)
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