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3 dead, 1 missing after Ghana helicopter crash

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ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — At least three people are dead after a helicopter crash in Ghana, said an aviation official in the West African nation.

A fourth person is presumed dead, but no body has been found, said Kwame Mamphey, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority, on Friday. Four other people survived the crash and are in hospitals.

Mamphey said the helicopter was carrying five Ghanaians and three foreigners when it crashed into the sea.

Officials said the helicopter was carrying people planning to work for the Russian oil company Lukoil to an offshore oil field.

Ghana began pumping oil from its Jubilee field in 2010. Already rich in gold and cocoa, Ghana is one of the most stable countries in Africa, but many of its 25 million people remain in poverty.

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