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Tuesday
Dec132011

Four Soldiers Dead After Army Helicopters Crash in Washington State

US Army/2nd Lt. Kyle Suchomski(JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash.) -- Four American soldiers were killed Monday night when two Army helicopters went down at a military base in Washington state.

The crash occurred sometime after 8 p.m. inside the southwest training area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Army said in a statement.  Initial reports said two people were injured, but as Joint-Base Lewis-McChord spokesman Joseph Piek explained, there were no survivors.

"The two helicopters are OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and they are two seat aircraft," Piek said, meaning all four aviators died.  Their names have not yet been released.

An investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the crash.

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