Russian Pilot Missing in Darfur Copter Incident

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N.-African Union representative in Darfur says a helicopter that landed in the wrong place has been recovered with all the passengers and crew except the Russian pilot.

Ibrahim Gambari said the helicopter assigned to the U.N.-AU peacekeeping force disappeared Monday while transporting rebel group members negotiating a peace deal with the government to locations in South Darfur.

Early Tuesday, he said, peacekeepers made contact with three of the four crew on the Russian-owned helicopter.

Gambari said late Tuesday that a U.N.-AU helicopter went to the site with another pilot who flew the helicopter, the crew and passengers to safety.

He said peacekeepers are working with the Sudanese government and rebel movements to try to locate the missing pilot.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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