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Crashed Copter Found Near Quake Epicenter

Searchers have found the military transport helicopter which crashed while carrying out earthquake relief work in southwest China ten days ago.

Debris of the Mi-171 helicopter was spotted in the bushes, in mountains near the quake epicenter township of Yingxiu on Tuesday morning. A crew of five military personnel and 14 quake victims on board were all found dead. The helicopter was broken up with parts including the propeller, and airframe found scattered in the bushes. It went down while transferring the injured locals from the epicenter. The chopper was reported to have encountered strong turbulence and fog.

Soldiers carry cutting machines as they set off to the spot where remains of the missing Chinese helicopter were found at Yingxiu Township, Wenchuan County in southwest China's Sichuan Province on June 10, 2008.

President Hu Jintao has expressed his deep condolences to the relatives of the victims from the crashed helicopter. He has also expressed his thanks to army officers, militia and reservists involved in the search and rescue operations.

(CCTV June 10, 2008)

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