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Chief of Staff safe after copter crash – Amir inquires over incident

In this Jan 3, 2018 photo released by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, Bangladeshi authorities check the site of a helicopter crash in Moulvibazar district, northeastern Bangladesh, which was carrying Kuwait’s Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Mohammed Khaled Al-Khuder, who survived. (KUNA via AP)

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 3, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday the safety of the army’s Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed Al-Khuder and his accompanying delegation following a helicopter accident during his official visit to the friendly Republic of Bangladesh.

The helicopter carrying the Chief of Staff and his accompanying delegation during his visit to Bangladesh suffered an accident while landing in the Silit area, where the heavy fog obscured the pilot’s vision, causing the helicopter to have contact with trees prior to landing in the designated site, the ministry said in a press release.

It added that the Chief of Staff has contacted the First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as well as Deputy Chief of Staff Gen Abdullah Nawaf Al-Sabah, stressing that only minimal materialistic damage and moderate injuries were reported.

The Chief of Staff and his entourage left Kuwait on Monday morning for an official visit to the friendly People’s Republic of Bangladesh. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah made a phone call to Lieutenant-General Mohammad Khaled Al-Khuder, over the helicopter crash. During the phone call, HH the Amir inquired about health of the Chief of Staff and his delegation following the accident.

In return, Al-Khuder extended his sincere thanks and appreciation to HH the Amir for his generous and paternal initiative to inquire about his health and his companions’ safety, wishing the Amir lasting good health and wellness.

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah made a phone call to Chief of the General Staff of the Kuwaiti Army Lieutenant-General Mohammad Khaled Al-Khuder to inquire about his health following the helicopter accident in Silit in Bangladesh. In return, Al-Khuder extended his sincere thanks and appreciation to HH the Crown Prince for his generous and paternal initiative. His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah made a similar phone call.

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