Missing crew member from UN Liberia copter crash confirmed dead
The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today confirmed that Friday's crash of a UN helicopter which took the lives of two crew members also killed the third person on board, who had been listed as missing.
The cargo helicopter which went down near Ganta, Nimba County, in northeastern Liberia killed the Pilot in Command, Vitali Drozdov (42); Co-Pilot Sergey Kolosov (53); and Flight Engineer Nikolai Zhorikov (58). All three were nationals of the Russian Federation.
“The United Nations recognizes and appreciates the valuable contribution made to the work of UNMIL by these three men, who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” the mission said in a statement.
Meanwhile, an extensive investigation has been launched in an effort to determine the causes of the crash.