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June 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.N. helicopter crashed and burned on a remote hillside in Sierra Leone, killing all 24 peacekeepers, aid workers and others on board. The cause was unknown. A passenger manifest showed the victims were 14 Pakistani peacekeepers, a Pakistani police officer, a U.N. volunteer from Ghana, three Sierra Leone citizens, a Tanzanian working for the International Red Cross, a Ugandan and the three Russian crew members. None of the nearly 12,000 U.N.
September 7, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A helicopter with four sightseers aboard plummeted into the ocean Saturday, but everyone was rescued uninjured, the Coast Guard said. Three men and a 14-year-old boy were watching a water ski race from the helicopter about 12:35 p.m. when it slipped into the water at the Long Beach Shoreline Marina. Coast Guard spokeswoman Dawn Butler said lifeguards and a rescue boat had pulled the victims to safety. They were treated at the scene, she said.
June 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A helicopter carrying tourists on a sightseeing trip above Manhattan crashed into the East River minutes after takeoff, critically injuring one passenger, authorities said. None of the six others on board was seriously hurt. Police units that patrol the harbor were already in the area conducting a drill and quickly rescued the pilot and his passengers, who were standing on or clinging to the helicopter's pontoons when the boats arrived, Inspector Michael Coan said.
June 30, 2005 | Halima Kazem, Special to The Times
Military clashes, bad weather and rough terrain were hindering efforts to reach the site where an American Chinook helicopter carrying 17 troops crashed after coming under hostile fire, officials said today. Everyone was feared dead aboard the MH-47 helicopter, which crashed in the mountains and then slipped into a deep ravine after it was attacked Tuesday with rocket-propelled grenades near Asadabad in the eastern province of Kunar, Afghan government officials said.
April 22, 2005 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
A private helicopter carrying civilians was shot down over central Iraq on Thursday, killing six American security guards and five others, according to a U.S. official. No one aboard the Mi-8 helicopter survived, according to the company that managed the chartered aircraft. The helicopter was 12 miles north of Baghdad on its way to a U.S. military base in Tikrit when it was struck by ground fire.
October 17, 2004 | Ashraf Khalil and Said Rifai, Times Staff Writers
Two U.S. Army helicopters crashed in Baghdad on Saturday, killing two soldiers, as the military reported that five other American troops had died elsewhere in Iraq. Insurgents also firebombed five Christian churches in the capital, causing damage but no injuries. Military officials said they were still investigating what caused the helicopters to crash Saturday evening in southwest Baghdad. Two other soldiers were wounded in the crashes.
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