Sect leader Moon among injured in South Korean helicopter emergency

Other News Materials 19 July 2008 18:19 (UTC +04:00)

South Korean sect leader Sun Myung Moon was among seven people reported injured when their helicopter burst into flames after an emergency landing north of Seoul Saturday.

Moon, 88-year-old founder of the so-called Unification Church, was taken to a nearby hospital owned by his movement, as were the other injured including Moon's wife Han Hak Ja, Yonhap news agency said.

It said the Sikorsky S-92, fitted for medical missions, made an emergency landing with 16 people on board in hill terrain near the village of Gapyong 60 kilometres north of Seoul, from where it had taken off.

The Unification Church, founded by Moon in 1954, is controversial for its social and political activism, and is also well-known for its mass weddings held regularly in locations all over the world, dpa reported.