Five Americans among seven dead in Peru chopper crash


LIMA, Peru — Investigators picked through the wreckage today of a U.S.-owned cargo helicopter that crashed in the Peruvian jungle, killing five American and two Peruvian crew members.

The heavy-lift, tandem-rotor Chinook BH-234 chopper, under contract for petroleum exploration support, crashed Monday shortly after taking off from the provincial capital of Pucallpa bound for Tarapoto.

A local police commander, Miguel Cardoso, told The Associated Press that three bodies were recovered Monday and two more had been located inside the chopper’s charred wreckage.

He said it appears the three taken to the morgue on Monday had jumped from the chopper, as witnesses reported.


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