Army helicopter crash claims fourth victim

Cable was wrapped around the helicopter's rotor unit Keystone

A Swiss border guard has died from injuries sustained in Friday's helicopter crash in the Jura region, taking the death toll to four.

This content was published on May 26, 2001 - 12:14

The pilot of the Swiss army Alouette III and two other border guards were found dead at the scene, seven kilometres from the town of Delémont.

The one survivor of the accident was taken to hospital in Basel in a serious condition but he died during the night.

The defence ministry said the helicopter, which was on border patrol, is believed to have hit a telephone line and crashed into a field shortly around midday.

Pictures taken at the crash scene clearly show a length of cable wrapped around the helicopter's rotor unit.

An official said an investigation was underway into the cause of the accident.

The incident is the worst involving a military helicopter in the past six years. In 1994, three people - a Swiss pilot and a British couple - were killed when a military helicopter collided with a civilian aircraft over the Alps.

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