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U.S. Army Helicopter Crashes in Philippines

Thursday, 21 February 2002 12:00 AM

According to Reuters news service, a dzRH radio report said two men were rescued from the wreckage of the MH-47 Chinook helicopter.

Pentagon officials told Fox News that they could not confirm that rescue, but they said they might revise the number of servicemen missing from 12 to 10. However, that does not mean two men were pulled out of the sea; they might never have boarded the helicopter.

The U.S. Pacific Command said eight crew members and four passengers were aboard the MH-47.

The chopper crashed into the water around 1:30 EST, about 120 miles north-northeast of Zamboanga, as it ferried troops and supplies from Basilan, the home base of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist militia, to Mactan.

There are no reports of hostile fire.

A second CH-47 remained overhead to search for survivors.

Rougly 600 U.S. military personnel are in the Philippines to train Filipino troops for their war against Abu Sayyaf, which holds at least two American hostages.

Between 150 and 160 are special operations soldiers; the others are providing logistical support. Fewer than 100 U.S. military personnel are stationed on Basilan.

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