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Air Force Helicopter Crashes, Killing 2

An Air Force search and rescue helicopter crashed during a night training mission Edwards Air Force Base, killing two crew members and injuring two others, an Air Force spokesman said Tuesday.

A UH-1N Huey, manufactured by Bell Helicopter-Textron Inc., crashed at 6:40 p.m. Monday near the north base complex, 90 miles north of Los Angeles, said spokesman Dennis Shoffner. The cause is being investigated by a board of Air Force officers, and the results will be available within 90 days.

Killed were the pilot, Capt. John Augustine, 26, of Lincoln, Neb., and flight engineer Sgt. Robert Lovell, 30, of Bunker Hill, Ill. Crew chief Sgt. William Tyler, 35, of Topeka, Kan., was in serious but stable condition with internal injuries late Tuesday. Maj. Alan Resnicke, 36, of Bakersfield, also a pilot, suffered a broken arm and lacerations.


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