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Crash recovery effort continues

August 10, 2008|From the Associated Press

Authorities continued to work Saturday to recover the remains of nine people who died when a firefighting helicopter crashed in remote Northern California wilderness.

The Sikorsky S-61N aircraft was carrying 10 firefighters, two pilots and a U.S. Forest Service employee when it went down just after take-off Tuesday night in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Four of those aboard were injured and taken to hospitals.

The remains of one victim were removed from the crash site Friday, and more were expected to be recovered over the weekend, said Sgt. Royce Grossman of the Trinity County Sheriff's Department.

The Trinity County coroner's office in Weaverville will use the remains to identify the crash victims.

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