3 dead in Greek helicopter crash near island of Poros

Sun Online Desk

21st August, 2019 03:54:05 printer

3 dead in Greek helicopter crash near island of Poros

At least three people were killed after a private helicopter crashed near a Greek island resort on Tuesday.

According to the island’s mayor Yannis Dimitriadis, the bodies of two Russian nationals who were on board have already been recovered from the cabin, while divers were due to retrieve the body of the Greek pilot.

Initially, it was unclear how many people were on board in the helicopter whose destination was Athens when it got tangled in electricity power lines shortly after takeoff, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The helicopter, a privately chartered Agusta A109 had taken off from a mainland area near Poros and had been due to land at Athens International Airport.

Mobile generators from the army and public utilities were sent to Poros to restore power to parts of the island.  Full repairs to its electrical system were not expected until Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses also spoke to Greek national broadcaster ERT about an explosion before the plane plunged into waters a few meters off the coast.

The island which is located south of Athens, off the western coast of Peloponnese peninsula, has been hit by a blackout after the incident.