Army Chopper Crash Kills Four

Officials say four soldiers on a routine training mission are dead after a military helicopter clipped a television station tower wire and crashed early Thursday in rural south Georgia.

Lisa Eichhorn, a spokeswoman for Fort Rucker, says a fifth soldier aboard the MH-47 Chinook helicopter survived. Fort Rucker is home to the Army helicopter training school where the chopper was headed.

The chopper went down at Doerun, Georgia, just after 8 a.m. after leaving Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah en route to Fort Rucker.

Colquitt County sheriff's dispatcher Becky Perry says the crash scene is in a rural area in the northwestern corner of the county.

The station manager of WFXL in Albany, Deborah Owens, says the helicopter clipped a guy wire on the 1,000-foot-tall TV tower before going down. The station is now off the air.

Chief engineer Ken Clubb says the tower now has a conspicuous tilt.

Officials are uncertain yet whether the collision with the wire caused the crash or if the chopper was in trouble before nipping the wire, according to Jenny Collins, the station's general manager.


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