Ecuadoran chopper crashes during military parade


The helicopter was flying in formation with two other choppers over an air force base near Quito when it suddenly veered off course and slammed to the ground, witnesses said. "The two crew members managed to get out by their own means and were taken to hospital. Their condition is apparently good," air force general Leonardo Barreiro told reporters.

He said the chopper was destroyed in the accident, which is under investigation. The crew members were both trained in India. The remaining six Dhruv helicopter bought from India six months ago for USD 45 million "have been grounded for the moment until the investigation is finished," the presidential office said in a statement. The helicopters include one used by President Rafael Correa.

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