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Oct 23, 2009 10:00 AM by Associated Press

1 dead, 8 injured in helicopter crash on Navy ship

The Navy says a service member is dead and eight others injured after an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a
Navy ship during a training exercise.

Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Phil Rosi says the crash happened aboard the USNS Arctic around 8 p.m. Thursday off the coast of Fort Story, Va., which is north of Virginia Beach.

The injured service members were evacuated by a second Army helicopter and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Rosi says the training exercise involved the two Army helicopters and members of a Naval Special Warfare unit.

Names of the dead and injured have not been released. The Arctic has returned to Naval Station Norfolk and the damaged helicopter remains aboard the ship.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

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