Sewol Search Helicopter Crashes, Killing Five

Firefighters inspect the wreckage of a helicopter which crashed near an apartment complex in Gwangju July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Park Cheol-hong/Yonhap
Firefighters inspect the wreckage of a helicopter which crashed near an apartment complex in Gwangju July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Park Cheol-hong/Yonhap

A helicopter involved in the search for those still missing from the Sewol ferry disaster has crashed in South Korea.

The fire department helicopter crashed into a residential area of South Korea’s southern city of Gwangju on Thursday, killing five firefighters on board, fire officials said, according to Yonhap News.

The helicopter was returning from an operation to search for those still missing from the ferry Sewol which sank in waters off the country’s southwest coast on April 16, killing about 300 people, most of whom were students on a high school field trip.

The incident follows the death of two divers who died in separate incidents while searching the wreckage of the ferry.