Americans Among The Dead In Helicopter Crash In Peru

LIMA, Peru (January 8, 2013)--Five U.S. citizens were among the seven people killed Monday in the crash of a U.S.-owned cargo helicopter in the Peruvian jungle.

Peruvian authorities said the heavy-lift chopper crashed after taking off from the provincial capital of Pucallpa.

Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Oregon owned it.

The company's executive vice president Peter Lance confirmed the deaths and told The Associated Press the five dead Americans were employees of the company.

Lance did not immediately provide more information.

Local police official Miguel Cardoso said Tuesday morning that three bodies have been so far been recovered.

He says it appears all jumped from the chopper.

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