Spanish police rescue helicopter crashes, three dead

Spanish police rescue helicopter crashes, three dead
File photo of Spanish Guardia Civil at Spain's tiny north African territory of Melilla on August 13, 2014.

MADRID - A police helicopter carrying out a mountain rescue crashed in fog Sunday, killing all three crew members on board, regional emergency services said.

The Guardia Civil helicopter went down near the village of Marana in the northwestern province of Leon, emergency services in the region of Castile and Leon said in a statement.

"They were carrying out a mountain rescue when their helicopter hit the wall of a mountain and was thrust down the slope," the statement said.

Emergency services, including three helicopters and an ambulance, were dispatched to the scene and found the bodies of all three crew members, it added.

The area was engulfed in fog at the time of the accident, Spanish public radio RNE reported.

The police helicopter had been sent to rescue a mountain climber who had injured his ankle, it added. The mountain climber was rescued by another police helicopter, the radio station said.

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