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Indonesian Military Helicopter Crashes, 13 Dead

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JAKARTA – A military helicopter carrying 13 army personnel crashed in bad weather in Poso, Central Sulawesi Sunday.

According to local television reports, the incident happened around 6 pm local time during a special operation; all thirteen including the pilot were confirmed to have perished.

Military Information Division spokesman, Made Sutia was quoted as saying that the ill-fated 412EP helicopter left Desa Watutau, Daerah Lore Piore in Poso at 5.20 pm.

He said the chopper was in the air in bad weather for about 30 minutes before being struck by lightning, crashing and bursting into flames near a farm in Kasiguncu, south coast of Poso.

The charred remains were sent to a hospital in Palu, he added. – BERNAMA

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