6 American soldiers were killed in an Egyptian helicopter crash


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An Israeli and Egyptian official said that a helicopter belonging to the international peacekeeping force had crashed in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, killing at least eight people, including several Americans. Both sides said the accident appeared to be an accident.

The helicopter belongs to the Multinational Force and Observers, an international force that monitors the 40-year-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.

The force said in a statement that the dead were six Americans, a French and a Czech, all of whom were military service members.

Israeli and Egyptian officials said one of the survivors was airlifted to an Israeli hospital. The Associated Press reported that the survivor was a member of the US force. The peacekeeping force took the survivor to the resort of Eilat, Israel, where an Israeli helicopter took him to a hospital in the north. The survivor died later.

An Egyptian official said the UH-60 Black Hawk was on a reconnaissance mission and crashed near Tiran Island.


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