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06/02/06

Chinook Crash News Conference Delayed

Army investigators back on the scene. Army investigators back on the scene.

Army investigators are on the scene of yesterday's Chinook crash, trying to figure out what happened. The MH-47 helicopter Clipped a TV tower guy wire and went down in a field near Albany, in Colquitt County. Four soldiers based at Hunter Army Airfield died in the crash. A fifth survived.

Hunter officials planned to have a news conference about the crash today, but they postponed it because not all the victims' relatives have been notified.

The victims were Nightstalkers with the 3rd Battalion 160th Aviation Regiment who crashed around 8am yesterday morning in route to training at Fort Rucker, Alabama from Savannah.

Today Army investigators were back on the scene trying to find out why the helicopter hit the television tower guy wire. TV crews are being kept about a mile away from the crash site. There's no word on whether investigators have started clearing the wreckage.

Many are amazed that one of the soldiers survived the crash.

"For that one survivor, he was obviously in the right place," said Fort Rucker spokeswoman Lisa Eichhorn. "We are very blessed to have him home with his family. Of course our thoughts and prayers go to the family who lost family members as well."

There's no word on how long the investigation could take.

We are hoping to have the names of the soldiers involved in the crash tomorrow and the Army plans to release information tomorrow as well about a memorial service for those Nightstalkers who died.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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