Four killed as rescue vehicle hits world’s longest zip line
29th December 2018

Four people have died after a rescue helicopter clipped a zip line cable near a mountain in the UAE.

Dramatic footage shows the helicopter spinning out of control before bursting into flames.

The dead include three Emiratis and a foreigner.

They were on their way to rescue a man with a leg injury in the mountains, according to local reports.

An official said: “The accident happened at 5:50pm on Saturday and the helicopter was on a mission to airlift an injured man from Jebel Jais. The helicopter crashed before reaching the man.”

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced the crash and identified the chopper as Agusta 139 helicopter.

It said the incident took place during a rescue mission next to the highest mountain in the UAE – the Jabal Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah.

Ruler, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, has ordered an urgent investigation into the crash.

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