Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Minnesota helicopter crash fatal

07 October 2016, 18:00

Lino Lakes - Two people died when a helicopter erupted in "a large fireball" as it crashed into a field in a Twin Cities suburb, a sheriff's official said on Friday.

The aircraft crashed near a residential area in Lino Lakes about 17:30 on Thursday, Anoka County Sheriff's Cmdr Paul Sommer said from the scene late on Thursday.

"We can't identify much based on what remains in the field. It's basically charred up debris," Sommer said. "This is a horrible tragedy. I can't begin to describe what that scene looks like."

"There's a large fireball and there's wreckage," he said.

Sommer tweeted on Friday that two people died in the crash. No one on the ground was hurt.

Sommer described conflicting witness accounts of what happened to the helicopter before it crashed. Some witnesses reported seeing the helicopter's blade stop turning before it "dropped out of the sky," he said. Others told authorities that the helicopter began to break up before hitting the ground and bursting into flames.

Sommer said it didn't appear that the crash was caused by an entanglement with power lines, saying the helicopter was flying at a much higher altitude when it started to go down.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, according to FAA spokesperson Elizabeth Isham Cory. Authorities asked Lino Lakes residents to contact the police if they find any objects that could be debris from the aircraft.

Lino Lakes is about 27km north of downtown St Paul.

- AP


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Kenyans demand action after femal...

This comes a few days after a female passenger was drugged and then robbed in a matatu plying the Kenyatta – Kencom route. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Natural aphrodisiacs to boost lib...

It is advisable to take them before sex in order to achieve maximum benefit. Read more...

Submitted by
Man defiles girlfriend’s daughter

The two-year-old girl sustained serious injuries due to the forceful penetration. Read more...

Submitted by
Bernard Lugagah
How your birth order affects your...

Mismatched birth orders may be the simple reason you and your significant other don’t seem to get along.  Read more...

Submitted by
Jayne Zack
Raila has lost his remaining bull...

He added that Jubilee and Cord are like day and night. Read more...

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Changamwe OCPD collapses, dies in...

He had complained of some pain in his body around 11am. Read more...