The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) said Sunday it has launched investigations into circumstances in which its helicopter crashed Saturday in southern Somalia, killing three passengers on board.
The AU mission said its helicopter with 11 officers from the Somali National Army was on a joint familiarization training mission for casualty evacuation drills when it crashed in the Baledogle area.
"Three of the eleven passengers on board lost their lives. Eight injured officers have been evacuated to Mogadishu for urgent medical attention," the ATMIS said in a statement issued in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Mohammed El-Amine Souef, the special representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, consoled the families of the deceased and wished the injured officers a quick recovery.
Source(s): Xinhua News Agency