Helicopter crash in Republic of Congo kills 2

A local official says a police helicopter crash in the Republic of Congo killed two Ukrainian pilots.

Police commissioner Patou Mascott said Tuesday that the MI-2 helicopter was carrying only the two pilots when it crashed to the ground and caught fire on Monday in Mbouambe, a town 180 kilometers north of the capital, Brazzaville.

Mascott said the bodies of the two men have been recovered and sent to Brazzaville.

The Republic of Congo is often overshadowed by its much larger neighbor, Congo — the scene of numerous crashes involving aging Soviet planes.