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Mi 17 helicopter crashes in Baddegama

A Mi-17 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) which was carrying out rescue and search operations had crashed in Baddegama in Galle this morning.

SLAF Spokesman Group Captain Gihan Senaviratne said no casualties were reported in the accident. He said all crew members on board the helicopter were safe.

The MI 17 had lost control when descending to distribute goods to a flood village in Baddegama.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena spoke to the pilot of the crash landed helicopter and appreciated his brave efforts, the government information said.

SLAF deployed 7MI 17s, 3 Bell 121s and a Bell 412 helicopter for rescue operations since Friday.

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