Indonesian envoy dies days after Pakistan helicopter crash

Indonesian ambassador to Pakistan dies after sustaining serious injuries from helicopter crash

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Indonesia's ambassador to Pakistan has been the latest victim of a helicopter crash that killed seven others 11 days ago, including envoys from Norway and the Philippines.

Indonesia's foreign minister said 58-year-old Burhan Muhammad was seriously injured during the crash in the Gilgit region, in which his wife was also killed.

Three Pakistani crewmen were also killed and several diplomats were injured - including the ambassadors of Poland and the Netherlands - when the army helicopter carrying them crashed landed in a valley.

Officials said engine failure caused the May 8 crash. The Pakistani Taliban claimed that they had shot down the helicopter.

The wounded Indonesian envoy had been evacuated to a Singapore hospital for treatment. His body will be taken to Indonesia later on Tuesday.


TRTWorld and agencies