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Feb 19, 2010 8:35 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Military helicopter crashes in West Virginia

Mountainous terrain is hindering efforts to reach a Navy helicopter that crashed Thursday during a training exercise in a remote, area of West Virginia.

West Virginia National Guard Lt. Col. Mike Cadle says military crews circling overhead are in touch with the aircraft. Trees at the crash site were too thick to land a helicopter, but medical crews were lowered to the site. A Navy news release says that there were "several" injuries among the 17 people aboard. There were no deaths.

The helicopter took off from Fort Pickett in Virginia as part of a training exercise involving the Navy and National Guard. It was headed to Camp Dawson near Kingwood, W.Va. It took rescue crews more than four hours to reach the crash site.

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