Thai army confirms 9 deaths from crashed chopper

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 8:09 AM
Thai army confirms 9 deaths from crashed chopper

The Thai military has confirmed the deaths of nine people aboard an army helicopter that crashed on a mission to retrieve bodies from an earlier crash.

Lt. Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr, commander of Thailand's 1st Army Region, said the deaths were confirmed Friday when a search team of Thai and Myanmar soldiers and forestry officials reached the crash site on foot.

The Black Hawk helicopter crashed Tuesday during bad weather in a forested area near Myanmar. Those on board included an infantry division commander and a television cameraman.

The craft had been sent to retrieve the bodies of five soldiers killed in the crash of another helicopter last Saturday.