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Wed, Jun 30, 2004

UN Mi-8 Helo Down, 24 Killed

Peacekeeping Remains A Dangerous Business

The world continues to be a hazardous place in which to fly... as evidenced by the tragic loss of a United Nations Mi-8 helicopter (file photo, below) over Sierra Leone. All 24 people... peacekeepers, civilians, aid workers and crew were reported lost. The aircraft was crewed by Russian pilots and no immediate cause was announced by UN officials. 

The United Nations is maintaining a huge cadre of 11,800 peacekeepers in Sierra Leone. They are in place to monitor the African nation's peace agreement, reached after a brutal 1991-2002 civil war.

FMI: www.un.org

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