DUBAI - A Rescue helicopter has crashed in United Arab Emirates, media has reported.
Four crew members lost their lives after their rescue helicopter crashed into Ras Al Khaimah's Jebel Jais mountain, *Khaleej Times* has learnt. It hit a zipline before crashing and bursting into flames.
The three Emiratis onboard have been identified as Humaid Al Zaabi, Saqr Al Yamahi and Jassim Al Tunaiji. The fourth was a South African paramedic identified as Mark T. Al Zaabi, who hailed from Al Salehia area in Ras Al Khaimah, was leading the rescue team.
Eyewitnesses said the tragic mishap took place around 6.30pm on Saturday.
"The chopper went into a spin all of a sudden and then crashed into the mountain. It burst into a ball of fire," Salam Naif, en eyewitness said.
Police sources have confirmed the tragic mishap. "More details will be announced shortly," they said.
The RAK Tourism Development Authority said zipline visitors were safe. "The tragic chopper collision took place 50 minutes after the closure of the zipline," it said.