A video reportedly showing the crash appears to show the helicopter ‘spinning uncontrollably’
By Tomas Malloy Reporter
Three people have died after a helicopter made by AgustaWestland crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
The aircraft, owned by the Algerian military, plunged into the sea during a training flight off the coastal province of Tipaza with three pilots on board.
Three Algerian navy officers died in the incident, a statement from Algeria’s Ministry of National Defence reveals.
An amateur video reportedly showing the crash appears to show the helicopter “spinning out of control then slamming into the water”, according to local reports.
The ministry has confirmed an investigation is underway.
The aircraft was an AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin military search and rescue helicopter and was made by the firm now known as Leonardo Helicopters.
Leonardo employs thousands of people at its factory in Yeovil, but it has not been confirmed whether this particular aircraft was built in the town.