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Dramatic footage shows the doomed helicopter spinning out of control next to the Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al-Khaimah before bursting into flames.


The victims include three Emiratis and another man whose nationality has not yet been confirmed.

According to local media, three bodies have been recovered and the search for the fourth crew member, a medic, is still underway.

The men were on their way to rescue a person in the mountains but crashed before they reached them.

Dramatic footage shows the doomed helicopter spinning out of control next to the Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al-Khaimah before bursting into flames.

The victims include three Emiratis and another man whose nationality has not yet been confirmed.

According to local media, three bodies have been recovered and the search for the fourth crew member, a medic, is still underway.

The men were on their way to rescue a person in the mountains but crashed before they reached them.

Eyewitness Salam Naif told Khaleej Times: "The chopper went into a spin all of a sudden and then crashed into the mountain. It burst into a ball of fire."

An official added: “The accident happened at 5:50pm on Saturday and the helicopter was on a mission to airlift an injured man from Jebel Jais.

"The helicopter crashed before reaching the man.”

An official at Saqr hospital confirmed to Gulf News that they received one injured man, an Indian, who sustained injuries while he was on Jebel Jais.

Haitham Mattar, from the tourism development authority, told the publication: ”We learned of the helicopter accident on Jebel Jais Mountain and can assure everyone that there were no injuries to any of the public on Jebel Jais, our team or the facilities on the mountain."

The RAK Tourism Development Authority also confirmed visitors were safe.

A spokesman said: "The tragic chopper collision took place 50 minutes after the closure of the zipline."

Agusta 139 helicopter.

Ruler Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al-Qasimi has also ordered an urgent investigation into the crash.

He also ordered "a comprehensive investigation of the security and safety requirements in place to determine the cause of this painful incident," WAM reported.

The zip line on top of Jebel Jais mountain, the UAE’s highest peak, which the helicopter is thought to have crashed into is 2,800 metres - equivalent to 28 football fields.

It officially opened in February and can reach speeds of 93mph.



Eyewitness Salam Naif told Khaleej Times: "The chopper went into a spin all of a sudden and then crashed into the mountain. It burst into a ball of fire."

An official added: “The accident happened at 5:50pm on Saturday and the helicopter was on a mission to airlift an injured man from Jebel Jais.

"The helicopter crashed before reaching the man.”

An official at Saqr hospital confirmed to Gulf News that they received one injured man, an Indian, who sustained injuries while he was on Jebel Jais.



HORROR: 4 people have died after the accident (Pic: Twitter)

Haitham Mattar, from the tourism development authority, told the publication: ”We learned of the helicopter accident on Jebel Jais Mountain and can assure everyone that there were no injuries to any of the public on Jebel Jais, our team or the facilities on the mountain."

The RAK Tourism Development Authority also confirmed visitors were safe.

A spokesman said: "The tragic chopper collision took place 50 minutes after the closure of the zipline.

Ruler Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al-Qasimi has also ordered an urgent investigation into the crash.

He also ordered "a comprehensive investigation of the security and safety requirements in place to determine the cause of this painful incident," WAM reported.

The zip line on top of Jebel Jais mountain, the UAE’s highest peak, which the helicopter is thought to have crashed into is 2,800 metres - equivalent to 28 football fields.

It officially opened in February and can reach speeds of 93mph.

 

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i think the top video is fake in the original post.

the helicopter that goes by is red, but the one that falls on the mountain is white.

from youtube. cant confirm.
 
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the helicopter look red and white to me .
by the way very unfortunate incident.
I was there on the road from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in the 2008 event when many people died and hundreds got injured. These Arabs are stupid crazy drivers.

The only reason we survived because we were going slow 5-10 miles an hour. Everyone else was shooting past us at 50-60 mph and there was zero visibility.
 

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