More tragic news from West Africa: Sierra Leone helicopter crash kills 21

One of the the helicopters used in the service from the Lungi airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone – the main link between the airport and downtown – has crashed on landing, killing 21 people.

Togo’s sports minister and 20 other people were killed when a privately- owned shuttle helicopter they were flying in crashed at Sierra Leone’s Lungi international airport, sporting and airport officials said on Monday.

Sports Minister Atipe Kwako was among the 18 Togolese nationals on board the Paramount Airlines helicopter which caught fire while descending in preparation for landing at Lungi and crashed on the tarmac around 8:30 pm on Sunday.

I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy. I’ve ridden this helicopter on my two visits to Freetown. Here’s a picture of me in the helicopter taken by my colleague, Ferenc Gerlits: