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Pakistan heli crash 'technical failure'

Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 01:10

Pakistan says a helicopter crash in which seven people including foreign ambassadors were killed was caused by technical failure. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Rescue choppers race to bring back the casualties after a Pakistani military helicopter crash. The MI17 aircraft was carrying 17 people, mostly foreign diplomats visiting a tourism project. Seven people died. They included the ambassadors of the Philippines and Norway, and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors. The two pilots and a crew member were also killed. Pakistan's foreign secretary is rejecting claims by the Pakistani Taliban that they shot the aircraft down. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PAKISTANI FOREIGN SECRETARY AIZAZ AHMAD, SAYING: "Pakistani army provided security and top class security was provided. There were different circles of security. Over a thousand troops wee deployed and all heights were covered. And therefore all those wo are making a claim is not correct. It was a technical failure, a technical fault because of which this incident happened." Representatives from Poland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Lebanon and Romania were also among those on board, most of whom were injured. The bodies of the dead were due to be brought to Islamabad on Saturday.

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Pakistan heli crash 'technical failure'

Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 01:10