2 dead after Army Apache helicopter crash in South Korea

Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment and the 4th Aerial Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade worked with the 2-1 Cavalry on Aug. 18 at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in South Korea. Photo Credit: Sgt. Jesse Smith

A U.S. military helicopter crashed in on Monday, killing the two pilots on board, police said.

The AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed on a road in Wonju, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Seoul, a Wonju police officer said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to media about the accident.

Two bodies recovered from the helicopter were severely damaged and officials couldn’t immediately confirm their identities, the officer said.

He said there were no reports of casualties on the ground, and that he had no further details.

news agency cited unidentified officials as saying the helicopter may have hit high-voltage power lines or a nearby steel tower because wires were found near the crashed aircraft and the upper part of the tower was damaged.

The U.S. Army command in Seoul couldn’t immediately confirm the crash.

About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea as deterrence against possible aggression from North Korea.

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