Army Chopper Crashes in Alabama Killing Three

SKYLINE, Ala. (AP) -- An Army helicopter flying in foggy weather has struck a power line and crashed in a pasture in northeast Alabama, killing all three people on board.

The chopper was based at Fort Campbell, where post spokesman Sgt. Mark Swart says the military has yet to release the names of the victims or the type of helicopter involved in the crash.

Jackson County Coroner John David Jordan says the helicopter hit a power line yesterday and crashed into a field near a house about 6:15 p.m. Debris is scattered over a large area.

TVA spokesman Terry Johnson says the helicopter struck a high-voltage line connecting a generating plant with a power substation near Huntsville (Alabama.) The wires were not carrying electricity at the time of the crash because of maintenance work.

Swart declined comment on the cause of the accident.

The crash site is about 190 miles southeast of Fort Campbell.


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