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National Guard Army Chopper Crashes in Yarmouth

June 17, 1989

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) _ A Massachusetts Army National Guard helicopter crashed in dense fog early Saturday, killing at least six people, police said.

Police Sgt. Paul Rooney said all those aboard the UH-1H helicopter were killed when the chopper crashed in woods in a residential neighborhood.

″There could be as many as 10,″ victims, he said.

Rooney said he heard the helicopter flying around the area at least half an hour before it crashed, and several neighbors also called police to report hearing it flying low overhead and then hearing a crash.

Rooney said authorities had been in contact with Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod, but had not been able to confirm where the helicopter came from or what its mission was.

In Boston, Coast Guard Lt. Commander Ted Ohr confirmed that the chopper crashed about 12:10 a.m. Yarmouth is on Cape Cod, about 85 miles south of Boston.

State police Trooper Ellen Engelhardt in the South Yarmouth barracks said state police, the Federal Aviation Administration and Yarmouth police were on the scene, and a representative of the National Guard was en route.

Engelhardt also had no word on casualties, but said preliminary reports were that no one had survived the crash.

The crash site is roughly 30 miles from the air force base, she said.

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