5 die in Turkey-bound helicopter crash in Romania

April 26, 2012, Thursday/ 20:20:00

A helicopter crashed in eastern Romania on Thursday, killing all five people it was carrying, officials said.

The aircraft was traveling from Moldova to Turkey when it went down near the Romanian village of Ostrov, close to the Moldova border, local official Vasile Gudu told Realitatea TV. Police spokeswoman Daniela Condrea told The Associated Press nobody survived the crash.

Air traffic control official Bogdan Donciu identified the aircraft as a Ukrainian Ka26 helicopter, which is normally used for agricultural purposes, not civilian flights. He said it was flying in an area outside air traffic control when it crashed.

Given those unusual circumstances, chief Romanian Prosecutor Laura Codrut Kovesi dispatched a team of prosecutors and criminal investigators to the accident site.