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Police Helicopter Crashes In Macedonia, Killing Four

A Macedonian police helicopter crashed overnight during a training flight near the southern town of Strumica, killing all four people on board.

Macedonia's Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska said on July 11 that the four crew members were all pilots, each with years of flight experience.

They were on a night training flight when the MI-17B helicopter hit a 120-meter-high television transmitter near Strumica, about 190 kilometers south of the capital, Skopje.

Two voice recorders were recovered and were expected to provide more details about the accident, Jankulovska added.

Local TV Nova, quoting eyewitnesses, said the helicopter was circling around with no lights and the pilot was trying to land when it hit the transmitter, crashed, and exploded.

Based on reporting by AP and