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Coast Guard chopper crashes into ocean

The Coast Guard helicopter TF-SIF had to make an emergency landing at sea off Hafnarfjördur yesterday while on an exercise. The crew of four was rescued by a Coast Guard boat, but the helicopter was destroyed.

The cause of the accident, which is being investigated by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB), is unclear, Morgunbladid reports.

The crew of TF-SIF was practicing sea rescues with the crew of the rescue boat Einar Sigurjónsson. When the helicopter crashed into the water it overturned but floats prevented it from sinking. The crew managed to swim out of the helicopter and get onboard the boat.

Both Coast Guard director Georg Lárusson and Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident. Bjarnason, whose ministry is responsible for the Coast Guard, said that if TF-SIF proves damaged beyond repair, a new helicopter will be purchased to replace it.

“TF-SIF has saved dozens, if not hundreds, of people in its lifetime. It is of course difficult for those who have worked on the helicopter to watch it crash into the ocean under such circumstances,” Bjarnason told Fréttabladid.

The helicopter is one of the Coast Guard’s oldest helicopters and arrived in Iceland in 1985. It is worth about ISK 200 million (USD 2.3 million, EUR 2.4 million).

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