5 Killed in Navy Helicopter Crash

The Navy says one of its helicopters struck a power line during a training flight and crashed in a rugged area of the northern Nevada desert.

All five crew members aboard were killed.

A spokesman for Naval Air Station Fallon says the S-H-60-F helicopter went down late Monday about ten miles west of Austin.

A spokeswoman for Sierra Pacific Power Company says the chopper severed a static wire atop a 100-foot tall transmission line. The wire acts as a lightning rod to prevent direct hits and damage to the high-voltage line.

No disruption of power was reported.

Fallon, 60 miles east of Reno, is the home of the Navy's elite Strike and Air Warfare Center.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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