Six American troops, one French and one Czech dead in helicopter crash in Egypt

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At least six American troops, one French and one Czech, died on Thursday in a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Egypt, officials said in a statement.

“Eight uniformed MFO members were killed; six U.S. citizens, one French, and one Czech,” the international peacekeeping mission Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) said in a statement on Thursday, adding that one member of the force survived and was evacuated.

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Israeli and Egyptian officials also confirmed the crash with Fox News reporting that the sole survivor was also a U.S. troop.

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MFO said the individuals were serving on a routine mission “in the vicinity of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.”

“At this point, there is no information to indicate the crash was anything except an accident,” MFO added.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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