Helicopter crashes near Ploce, Croatia
First published in
SFOR Informer#131, January 31, 2002
A French SA342 M1 Gazelle helicopter assig-ned to SFOR's
Southeastern Multinational Division in Mostar, crashed into
the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Ploce, Croatia at approximately
10:30 a.m. Jan. 20.
There were three French crew members on board with one confirmed
fatality. The two surviving crew members were treated in Mostar.
On behalf of the men and women of the Stabilisation Force
Team, the Commander of SFOR, Lt. Gen. John B. Sylvester, expressed
his deepest sympathy to the families, and is praying for a
complete recovery of the survivors.
The COMSFOR said that he appreciated the valuable assistance
in the immediate rescue of the crew that was provided by the
Croatian fishermen: Zivko Palilic and Zoran Dragobratovic,
and from the village of Blaca. He also thanked the Croatian
government and all who assisted in the recovery efforts for
The survivors were flown from Mostar to France the evening
of Jan. 20. The family of the deceased was notified and the
body was transported to France Jan. 21.
Names of crew members have not been released. An accident
investigation is being conducted by the French government.
Nations of SFOR: France
Photo: courtesy of MND-SE
The funeral ceremony, conducted in Mostar
Jan. 21, was attended by Lt. Gen. John B. Sylvester, COMSFOR,
Maj. Gen. François de Goësbriand, DCOMSFOR, and
Maj. Gen. Maurice Amarger, Commanding General MND-SE.