Tripoli, April 11
A government helicopter crashed on takeoff at Murzuq airport today. On board were members of the reconciliation and civil . . .[restrict]peace team set up to bring peace to the area after the recent bloody clashes. These included Third Deputy Prime Minister Haramain Mohammed al-Haramain, Minister of Local Government Mohammad Hashemi Harari, one of the chiefs of military staff and the head of Murzuq Military Council, Baraka Wardako.
There are no fatalities, however it is said that two top local council official were being treated in hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be grave.
The exact cause is still unknown although it is being suggested that the accident was due to overloading. It is say there were 25 people on board.
“It was carrying various local officials and city councilors forming the official ministerial delegation, including Haramain al Haramain the Third Deputy Prime Minister tasked with defusing the conflict in the Sebha region,” said government spokesman Nassar Al-Mana at a the weekly government press briefing later in Tripoli.
“The helicopter crashed while attempting to take-off from Murzuq airport due to being overloaded. There were no serious injuries to any of the passengers,” he stressed.
‘This delegation has been moving from city to city and from town to town in the south in their efforts to solve the recent troubles in the area.”