Third Thai army chopper crashes, 3 dead

July 24, 2011 09:34


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BANGKOK - A military helicopter crashed in western Thailand on Sunday, killing three and injuring one, the army said, raising the death toll to 17 from three air accidents in the same area in the past nine days. The Bell 212 helicopter was supporting operations to retrieve the seven missing bodies from a Black Hawk crash on Tuesday when it went down and caught fire in western Phetchaburi province.

Two bodies were found on Saturday, including that of a television cameraman.

Tuesday's fatal mission was to retrieve the bodies of five army personnel who died when another Vietnam War-era helicopter went down in bad weather last weekend.

Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the sole survivor of Sunday's crash, a mechanic, reported a problem with the helicopter tail and the cause was likely to be engine trouble.

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