Ethiopian military chopper crashes and kills 18

Mogadishu, SOMALIA: (FILES) Picture dated 29 March 2007 shows helicopters of the Ethiopian army sitted at Mogadishu’s airport. AFP PHOTO/JOSE CENDON (Photo credit should read JOSE CENDON/AFP/Getty Images)

An Ethiopian official says a military helicopter has crashed and killed all 18 people on board, including two children.

Police official Aschalew Alemu tells the Ethiopian News Agency that the crash occurred Thursday morning in the Oromia region. The helicopter was traveling from the eastern city of Dire Dawa to an air base in Bishoftu town southeast of the capital Addis Ababa.

Aschalew says the cause of the crash is under investigation.