Officials Recover Remains Of Chopper Crash Victims

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are working to recover the remains of nine people who died when a fire helicopter crashed in remote Northern California wilderness.

The Sikorsky S-61N aircraft was carrying ten firefighters, two pilots and a U.S. Forest Service employee when it went down Tuesday night in the Trinity-Shasta National Forest. Four of those aboard were injured and taken to hospitals.

Sgt. Royce Grossman of the Trinity County Sheriff's Department says the remains of one victim were removed from the crash site Friday, and more are expected to be recovered Saturday. Officials hope recovery efforts will be completed by Sunday night.

The Trinity County Coroner in Weaverville will use the remains to identify the crash victims.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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