Eight members of a multinational peacekeeping force were killed in a helicopter crash near Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai, the US-led Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) said in a Thursday statement.
“We are deeply saddened to report that eight uniformed MFO members were killed; six US citizens, one French, and one Czech. One US MFO Member survived and was medically evacuated,” the statement read.
The helicopter that crashed was a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The MFO said that the crash happened during a routine mission in the vicinity of Sharm El-Sheikh.
The MFO will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, the statement continued.
“At this point, there is no information to indicate the crash was anything except an accident,” it noted.
The MFO is an international peacekeeping organisation which was formed to monitor the implementation of Egypt and Israel peace treaty in 1979. It consists of 1,154 military personnel from 13 countries, including the US and France.