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Four soldiers killed in Colorado helicopter crash


Denver - The death toll from a Black Hawk helicopter crash on a mountain near Leadville has risen to four after an accident that highlighted the dangers of high-altitude Special Operations training exercises.

The helicopter crashed Wednesday afternoon near the summit of 14,421-foot Mount Massive, the second-highest mountain in Colorado. The crew was training in high-altitude mountainous conditions similar to the environment in Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. John Clearwater, a spokesman for the command at Fort Bragg, N.C., said three of the soldiers were killed at the scene and a fourth died on the way to the hospital. The four men were from Fort Campbell, Ky. Their names haven't been released.

Wednesday's flight began at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, which is about 90 miles east of Mount Massive. The cause of the crash hasn't been released.

Weather conditions reported near the site of the crash weren't unusual for the mountains - temperatures in the 50s and 60s and winds gusting to 26 mph. But the National Weather Service says those conditions existed between 2,000 feet and 4,000 feet below where the helicopter crashed, and there can be significant differences in winds and temperatures as altitude increases.

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