Title: Russian helicopter hit by anti-aircraft fire when it crashed in South Sudan: UN
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 02-28-2015, 04:12 PM
03:12 PM Feb, 28 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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UN spokesman disclosed on Friday that its inquiry concluded that a Russian helicopter was probably hit by anti-aircraft fire when it crashed in South Sudan last year, but could not determine who was responsible for the attack,
The board of inquiry concluded that "there is a high probability that the helicopter was hit by anti-aircraft fire which caused mechanical failure and eventually leading to the crash," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
But the seven-member panel "was not able to identify the attackers," he added.
The helicopter was downed in the northern Bentiu region where both government forces and rebels were operating and "the firing could have come from either party," said Dujarric.
Three Russian crew members were killed and a fourth injured in the downing on August 26 of the Mi-8 helicopter flying for the UN mission in South Sudan.
In September, the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) had indicated that a rebel leader, Peter Gadet, had a hand in the attack.
UNMISS revealed that Gadet had claimed during a phone call with UN staff prior to the crash that UN aircraft were being used to transport government troops.
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