Search continues for four people after air force helicopter goes down off Canaries

Spanish military chopper was taking part in exercises

One of the Air Rescue Squad's Super Puma helicopters.
One of the Air Rescue Squad's Super Puma helicopters.Ministry of Defense

Rescue teams were on Thursday continuing their search for four crew members of a Spanish air force helicopter that reportedly plunged into the water 30 miles southeast of the Canary Island of Fuerteventura late Wednesday, government officials said.

The accident, which involved a Super Puma chopper belonging to the Air Rescue Squad (SAR), occurred at around 9.55pm Canarian time on Wednesday toward the southeast of the Jandía peninsula. The aircraft, which formed part of SAR’s squad 802, was participating in military exercises.

An air force spokesman told Europa Press that one of the five crew members had been rescued from the water.

The causes of the accident are still unknown.

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