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VIDEO: Helicopter nosedives, crashes in terrifying explosion

A firefighting helicopter crashed in the South Korean city of Gwangju yesterday, killing the five people on board.

A firefighting helicopter crashed in the South Korean city of Gwangju yesterday, killing the five people on board, as reported by CNN.

A video of footage from the crash reveals that the vehicle sped towards the ground at an alarmingly nearly-vertical nosedive before crashing into the city street. The following explosion results in an enormous and terrifying fireball which turns into plumes of billowing black smoke.

All five occupants of the helicopter, which included two pilots, two rescue workers, and one mechanic, were killed in the crash. Despite the violent crash in an urban area however, BBC News reports that only one bystander, a female high school student, was mildly injured.

The helicopter was on its way back from a four-day long search for 11 people missing from a ferry sinking in April which killed more than 290 people.

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Officials are investigating the cause of the accident, which is currently unknown.

 
 
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