June 3, 2007 / 10:46 PM / 12 years ago

Helicopter crashes in Sierra Leone, 20 feared dead

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FREETOWN, June 3 (Reuters) - A helicopter ferrying passengers between Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown and Lungi international airport crashed on Sunday and at least 20 people were believed to have died, foreign diplomats said.

"A helicopter of the Paramount company came down at Lungi," one diplomat, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. Other diplomats said they had heard at least one person had survived.

There was no immediate confirmation of the identities of the victims but local radio said they included members of the Togolese football federation who had earlier attended an African Nations Cup qualifying game played in Freetown.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair paid a one-day trip to Sierra Leone, a former British colony, last week as part of a farewell tour to Africa.

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