Former ambassador, two others dead in Chile copter crash

AFP , Saturday 14 Feb 2015

Three people including Chile's former ambassador to Japan died in a helicopter crash in the lower foothills of the Andes, local media reported Saturday.

A fourth person managed to save himself by jumping from the helicopter before impact, the Bio Bio radio station said.

The crash occurred around 9:00 pm (0000 GMT) on Friday and the stricken aircraft caught fire after it hit the ground in a rugged area about 570 kilometers (350 miles) south of Santiago.

Among the dead was the former ambassador and businessman Italo Zunino.

The bodies were recovered Saturday morning, and the injured man was being treated in hospital.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the crash, which occurred in the lower Andean mountains known as the Precordillera.

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