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3 rescuers killed when helicopter crashes in Spain

August 24, 2014

MADRID (AP) — Authorities say three policemen have died after their rescue helicopter clipped a mountainside and crashed during a mission in northern Spain, killing all aboard.

The regional government of Castilla y Leon says in a statement that Sunday’s accident happened after the rescue team dropped a fourth crew member by winch to help an injured mountaineer. The crash didn’t hit anybody on the ground near Polinosa, 435 kilometers (270 miles) north of Madrid.

The surviving crew member reported seeing the helicopter’s rotor blades brush against the mountainside, causing the aircraft to plunge down a slope.

The regional government said four more helicopters and an ambulance were deployed to the crash site.

The dead, all members of Spain’s rural Civil Guard police, were identified as the pilot, co-pilot and winch operator.

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