'Six killed' in UK military crash


A British military helicopter has crashed in the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The Czech Defence Ministry in Prague is reported as saying that six British soldiers died in the crash near Brno.

A Czech defence spokesman said the soldiers were taking part in a Czech-British joint military exercise when the incident happened.

The Ministry of Defence said it could not confirm any fatalities at present. The crash occurred at about noon BST.

Joint exercise

An MoD spokesman told BBC News Online it was not yet clear what the Lynx helicopter was doing at the time of the incident.

Some reports suggest the aircraft had been flying low to the ground when it came down near Namest nad Oslavou, about 110 miles (180 km) south east of Prague.

Czech defence spokesman Andrej Cirtek said the helicopter had been taking part in a joint Czech-British exercise codenamed Flying Rhino.

According to the website of the British Embassy in Prague, Flying Rhino forms part of an extensive programme of bilateral military activity between the UK and its Nato ally.

The Lynx is thought to be part of a British contingent which arrived at the Namest nad Oslavou airbase on Monday, at the start of a 10-day joint military exercise.
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