1st LD-Writethru: German military helicopter crash kills at least one

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BERLIN, July 1 (Xinhua) -- A German military helicopter crashed on Monday in Lower Saxony, killing at least one person, according to local media.

The Bild newspaper reported that the helicopter crashed early afternoon in Aerzen. The person killed in the accident was the pilot. Another person has been seriously injured.

The cause of the accident is still unclear. The crash site is located near a forest area, said a spokesman for the community Aerzen. There were fires broke out and the fire department is in action.

The International Helicopter Training Center in Bueckeburg is about 30 kilometers from the crash site. According to the information of the German Press Agency (DPA), the area around the crashed helicopter was cordoned off.

The crash came after two German air force Eurofighters collided with each other in the air last week during exercises above the state of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The two pilots ejected from the fighter jets, but one of them was found dead and another was saved. The recovery of the aircraft wrecks and the search for the cause are still on the way. Enditem

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