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Helicopter crash kills 8 in western Indonesia

Updated:2017-07-03 14:58:21   XinHua

Rescuers have removed eight bodies from the scene of Sunday's helicopter crash in western Indonesia, a spokesman of the national search and rescue office said on Monday.

The chopper operated by the national search and rescue office hit a hill in Temanggung district of Central Java province while flying near Dieng volcano to evacuate the victims of a steam eruption, spokesman Marsudi said.

The eight people on board included four crews and four rescuers from the office, the spokesman added.

"All the eight bodies have been recovered and sent to Gotot Subroto Navy hospital," he told Xinhua by phone.

The national transport safety commission would investigate the cause of the incident, said Marsudi.

The incident took place in Canggal village at about 16:00 Jakarta time (0900 GMT) on Sunday.

Editor: Eric Wang

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