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2 dead in Greek military chopper crash

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Two pilots die when their Greek military helicopter crashes
  • The crash happened Friday morning near Athens
  • Apache helicopter had been flying at 3,000 feet
  • Greece
  • Air Disasters

Athens, Greece (CNN) -- Two pilots died when a Greek military helicopter crashed near Athens Friday, the Ministry of Defense said.

The two pilots contacted ground control seconds before the crash, but details of that conversation were not available, the ministry said.

The Apache helicopter had been flying at more than 3,000 feet over the Megara region near Athens before the crash happened at 11:49 a.m. (4:49 a.m. ET), the ministry said.

When workers at a nearby military airport arrived, they found the cockpit was on fire and the two pilots were dead.

CNN's Lianne Turner contributed to this report.