June 1, 2006

US Army helicopter crashes in Georgia, 4 dead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army MH-47 Chinook helicopter
crashed in Colquitt County in central Georgia on Thursday
during a routine training flight, killing four soldiers, the
Army Special Operations Command said.

In a statement issued from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the
Army said a fifth crew member was injured and was taken to a
local medical facility. It said an investigation into the cause
of the crash was under way.

An Army spokesman at the Pentagon said the initial report
from the scene was that the MH-47, a long-range and heavy-lift
Special Operation helicopter, may have struck a television
tower. The crash occurred at about 8 a.m., the Army said.