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Old 05-19-2003, 07:10 PM
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Default 5 Dead After Marine Copter Crash in Iraq

Dead After Marine Copter Crash in Iraq

WASHINGTON - A Marine Corps transport helicopter crashed Monday in central Iraq (news - web sites) near Karbala with at least four people aboard, and there were no indications of survivors, Pentagon (news - web sites) officials said.

Another servicemember drowned while trying to rescue the crew of the downed helicopter, a Pentagon official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed into a canal southeast of Karbala, the official said. Lt. Col. David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said there was no indication whether or not it was downed by hostile action. Another official said it appeared to be an accident.

The Sea Knight is a workhorse helicopter used by the Navy and Marine Corps to move cargo or troops. It normally operates with a crew of four and has been in service for more than three decades.


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