French soldiers killed in chopper crash

January 18, 2009 10:26:24 AM PST
The French President's office says the bodies of five more soldiers missing after a helicopter crash off Gabon have been found. A sixth soldier is still missing, and the search will continue. In a statement Sunday, President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said the helicopter's wreckage was discovered under 115 feet (35 meters) of water.

Two soldiers were already been confirmed dead and two were rescued following Saturday's crash.

The helicopter went down shortly after taking off from a French naval vessel participating in joint exercises with Gabon forces.

The craft went down off Nyogne, a village between the west African country's capital, Libreville, and the oil port of Port Gentil.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.