Military officials in Greece announced that four army officers have been killed and one injured on Wednesday, April 19, when an army helicopter crashed after engaging with power lines near Sarantaporo town, about 450 kilometers northwest of Athens.
The Huey UH-1H helicopter was performing a routine border patrol flight when it crashed. According to the information the two pilots and two high ranked military officers died in the crash. A female sergeant major, third crew member, survived but suffered serious injuries.
The aircraft left early Wednesday morning from Stefanovikio AB and after a stop at Larissa to pick up the two high ranking officers, as passengers, it continued its course for Kozani. At that stage it was engaged with power lines near Sarantaporo town and crashed. An extensive search of the area was launched after the army lost contact with the helicopter.
The victims have been named as deputy commander Ioannis Tzanidakis, Colonial Thomas Adamou, Major Demosthenis Goula and Lieutenant Konstantinos Hatzis. The lone survivor has been named as being First Sergeant Vasiliki Plexida.
Three days national mourning have been declared in Greece by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.