Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cambodia's police chief dies in helicopter crash

Cambodia 's national police chief Hok Lundy died in the crash of a helicopter in eastern Cambodia on Sunday, the chief government spokesman said. Khieu Kanharith told Kyodo News that all three others aboard the helicopter were also killed in the crash which occurred around 8 p.m. in Rumduol district, Svay Rieng Province, about 120 kilometers east of the capital Phnom Penh.
The three are Gen. Sok Saem, deputy military commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and two copilots.
Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said the helicopter took off around 7:20pm from Phnom Penh Airport and lost a radio contact about 15 minutes later. Both spokesmen said bad weather may have caused the crash.

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