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Four missing after army helicopter explodes

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Four missing after army helicopter explodes
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09:53 CET+01:00
Four soldiers remain missing after a military helicopter exploded near the Canary Island of Fuerteventura late on Wednesday evening during exercises.

Remains of the helicopter's fuselage were found on Thursday morning but the search continues for the missing men, including the pilot and co-pilot. 

A fifth crew member was rescued from the AS 332 Super Puma.

A large-scale search including naval, police and maritime rescue services was underway of the area, 25 nautical miles southwest of the archipelago's Fuerteventura island, a military spokesman told news agency AFP.

"They were doing a regular rescue by winching exercise when it crashed," the source added.

The cause of the accident is not yet known.

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