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 these soldiers.
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.

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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.