Elderly German pilot died at competition in helicopter sports

MINSK, August 8 (Itar-Tass) - A German pilot aged 74 died in an accident in the vicinity the Borovaya airdrome near the Belarussian capital Minsk Sunday while taking part in a CIS competition in helicopter sports.

"An Md-500 helicopter of U.S. manufacture crashed in the Borovaya airdrome area Sunday, " an official at the Ministry for Emergency Situations said.

Md-500 were the machines on which the German team performed in the competition.

The helicopter piloted by Gunter Zimmer, 74, was making a landing maneuver when it tumbled to the earth and caught blaze.

The pilot died as a result.

Belarus is hosting competitions of the kind for a third time. Taking part in them are the crews from Belarus, Russia, Britain, and Germany.

The accident did not cause a break in the events, as the demised helicopter was the last entry on the performing list.


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