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Sewol ferry search, rescue helicopter crash kills five on board


South Korean diver enters the water near floats where the capsized passenger ship Sewol sank, during the search and rescue operation in the sea off Jindo Photo: Video by ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

Sewol ferry search, rescue helicopter crash kills five on board

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 17, 2014

A helicopter carrying firefighters and rescue personnel used in a four-day search of the Sewol ferry for the 11 people still missing crashed Thursday in a Southern Korean city, Gwangju. Five passengers on board were killed and one injured.

"Video footage from the scene showed what appeared to be the aircraft's wreckage blazing on a city sidewalk near a stop light, with high-rise buildings only yards away," reports CNN. "The dead included two pilots, two rescue workers, and one mechanic, the official [from the Gangwon Fire Headquarters] said. The helicopter crashed after taking off from a refueling stop at a Gwangju airport."

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

The resuers had been serching for bodies from a ferry accident that happened in South Korea three months ago. "The Sewol ferry was headed from Incheon to Jeju island on April 16 when it capsized," reports CNN. "At least 292 people, including more than 200 high school students, died after the ferry sank."

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.