Child escapes helicopter crash unharmed

Child escapes helicopter crash unharmed
A file image of a helicopter in Switzerland. Photo: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini
A helicopter crash in central Switzerland on Saturday hurt the pilot and four other occupants -- but a seven-year-old child on board escaped uninjured, police said.

Two of the occupants — the mother of the child and a flight assistant — were severely hurt in the accident, which occurred as the 45-year-old pilot was attempting to land the helicopter in a parking lot on a military-owned field in the canton of Glaris.

The rear of the aircraft touched the ground on approach, unbalancing it, the police said.

The helicopter was operated by a firm that transports both passengers and cargo.

The ATS news agency said the pilot and two flight assistants had gone to pick up a couple and their child in the region. The couple were doing forestry work.

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