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All 10 Aboard Feared Dead in Army Copter Crash

Friday, 22 February 2002 12:00 AM

The troop and cargo transport helicopter crashed at 2:30 a.m. local time Friday, around 1:30 p.m. Thursday EST.

The personnel on board included eight members of the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment based in Fort Campbell, Ky., and two Air Force airmen who were passengers.

Initially the Army believed there were 12 people on the aircraft.

The heavily armed aircraft was ferrying the crew from a joint American-Philippine counter-terrorism training exercise from the southern island Basilan to Mactan airbase when it crashed into the ocean about 150 miles northeast of Zamboanga City.

The Filipino military is fighting the Abu Sayeff terrorist organization based in Basilan with advice from U.S. Special Forces.

The Philippines has dubbed the training "Shoulder to Shoulder" and U.S. forces could come under enemy fire during the operation.

About 600 U.S. military personnel are supporting the operation, with about 160 of them U.S. Special Forces directly involved in the work.

The bodies of three of the victims were recovered and moved Friday to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.

The names of the victims will be released when their families are notified.

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