Three Dead in Army Chopper Crash in Alabama

SKYLINE, Ala. (AP) - An Army helicopter flying in foggy weather struck a power line and crashed in a pasture Tuesday night in northeast Alabama, killing all three people on board.

The chopper was based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where base spokesman Sgt. Mark Swart said the military had yet to release the names of the victims or the type of helicopter involved in the crash.

Jackson County Coroner John David Jordan said the helicopter hit a power line and crashed into a field near a house about 6:15 p.m. He said debris was scattered over a large area.

Terry Johnson, a spokesman with the Tennessee Valley Authority, said the helicopter struck a high-voltage line connecting a generating plant with a power substation near Huntsville.

The wires were not carrying electricity at the time of the crash because of maintenance work.

Swart declined comment on the cause of the accident.

The crash site is about 190 miles southeast of Fort Campbell.

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