Benin prime minister unhurt after helicopter crash

ECONOMIST. Benin Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou poses in Paris on February 4, 2015. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

ECONOMIST. Benin Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou poses in Paris on February 4, 2015.

Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

COTONOU, Benin – Benin Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou emerged unscathed after a helicopter he was travelling in crash-landed in the country's northwest, an official said Sunday, December 27.

The incident occurred on Saturday, December 26, at a stadium in Djougou but there were no casualties. 

"The prime minister was on board at the time of the crash-landing ... happily he emerged safe and sound," a source in the Beninese presidency told Agence France-Presse. 

"My father is well. There are no victims of the helicopter crash in Djougou. Thank you for your messages," added Zinsou's daughter Marie-Cecile on Twitter. 

An investigation has been opened into the circumstances leading to the incident, police said.

Zinsou, a former banker who holds both French and Beninese nationality, has said he will run as the ruling party's candidate for a presidential election scheduled to in February. – Rappler.com