9 Presumed Dead After NorCal Chopper Crash

Eight firefighters and a pilot are presumed dead in the crash of a helicopter that had just picked up workers battling the blaze officials said.

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**FILE** In this March 19, 2008 file photo, a Sikorsky S-61N helitanker operated by Carson Helicopters, Inc. makes a water drop to control a brush fire in Encino, Texas. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said a Sikorsky S-61N chopper was destroyed by fire after crashing "under unknown circumstances" while carrying firefighters over the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California on Tuesday Aug. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Alex Jones, file) ** MAGS OUT, NO SALES, INTERNET: AP MEMBERS ONLY **
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An aerial view shows forest fires burning Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 in Trinity County near Junction City, Calif. Eight firefighters and a pilot are presumed dead in the crash of a helicopter that had just picked up workers battling the blaze officials said. (AP Photo/ Redding record Searchlight, Jakob Schiller)
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The gate of at Carson Helicopters, Inc. is seen on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, in Merlin, Ore., owners of a helicopter that crashed Tuesday night while carrying firefighters over the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
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The entry gate of at Carson Helicopters, Inc. is seen on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, in Merlin, Ore., owners of a helicopter that crashed Tuesday in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California while carrying a firefighting crew.
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A sign marks the headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, of Grayback Forestry, Inc., in Merlin, Ore. The company supplies contract crews to fight wildfires and identified three of its firefighters injured in the Tuesday night crash of a helicopter in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
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Grayback Forestry, Inc., general manager Randy Clark closes the gate leading to the company's headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 in Merlin, Ore., after reading a statement identifying three of the company's contract firefighters injured in a helicopter crash in California. 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. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
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**FILE** In this March 19, 2008 file photo, a Sikorsky S-61N helitanker operated by Carson Helicopters, Inc. makes a water drop to control a brush fire in Encino, Texas. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said a Sikorsky S-61N chopper was destroyed by fire after crashing "under unknown circumstances" while carrying firefighters over the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California on Tuesday Aug. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Alex Jones, file) ** MAGS OUT, NO SALES, INTERNET: AP MEMBERS ONLY **
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