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Helicopter plunges into Moselle River
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Helicopter plunges into Moselle River

06.07.2015 From our online archive
A helicopter flown by a pilot from Luxembourg crashed in to the Moselle River on Sunday just over the border in Germany on Sunday afternoon, but luckily no injuries were reported.

(ADW) A helicopter flown by a pilot from Luxembourg crashed in to the Moselle River on Sunday just over the border in Germany on Sunday afternoon, but luckily no injuries were reported.

The incident occurred in a border area known as “Mulheim an der Mosel” and the pilot explained to police that the engine suddenly dropped in performance shortly after takeoff causing the helicopter to slowly descended towards the Moselle River.

The pilot and the co-pilot were unable to gain control of the helicopter and helpless to stop it plunging into the water. The two men were able to leap from the aircraft before it hit the river and swim ashore. Both of them escaped unhurt.

The helicopter quickly sank leaving only a rotor blade protruding from the water, but by late Sunday afternoon was pulled out of the river by a specialist company from Trier.

What went wrong or the amount of damage caused has yet to be clarified and the German Federal Aviation Authority has now launched an investigation into the accident.

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