9 Dead in CA Wildfire Copter Crash

"SAN FRANCISCO -- Eight firefighters and a pilot are presumed dead in the crash of a helicopter that had just picked up workers battling a blaze in a Northern California forest, officials said Wednesday. The helicopter had lifted off from a clearing in a remote, rugged region of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.... Four people were flown to hospitals with severe burns, according to the Forest Service." Terence Chea and Marcus Wohlsen report for the Associated Press August 6, 2008.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008