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Four killed in helicopter crash in Greece

An army helicopter has crashed in Greece leaving four military officers dead and another hurt.

The Greek military helicopter went down at Sarantaporo on Wednesday morning with the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (GEETHA) reporting that five officers were aboard the helicopter.

Three days national mourning have been declared in Greece by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

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.

Her injuries are said to be serious but she is out of danger.

Cyprus has expressed it deepest regrets and condolences to the Greek government and the families of four Greek officers killed after the helicopter they were flying in crashed.

The Huey UH-1H helicopter left early Wednesday from Stefanovikio before then  stopping in Larissa to pick up more passengers before then continuing its course for Kozani, Military Spokesperson Colonel Nikolaos Fanios confirmed.

Communication with the aircraft was lost at 7.50am in the Elassona region as it was on its way to Kozani.

Wreckage of the helicopter was found at around 10:30am near Sarantaporo and a rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the area.

According to onlarissa.gr, the helicopter hit an electricity cables near Sarantaporo town and crashed.

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