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Army helicopters crash on Washington base, 4 dead

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Two Army helicopters crashed Monday night at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, killing four soldiers.

The military says the two-seat reconnaissance choppers crashed after 8 p.m. in the southwest training area of the sprawling base.

The victims were not immediately identified, pending notification of relatives.

It was not immediately clear whether the aircraft collided or crashed separately.

A base spokesman said the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters were on a training mission.

The crash site was near the community of Rainier, south of Tacoma.

Early Tuesday morning, two sheriff's vehicles blocked access to a rural plot of land where officials erected large sets of lights to illuminate the crash site.

Base officials secured the crash site late Monday and immediately began an investigation.

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