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Iraqi helicopter crashes during a sandstorm

  • Iraqi state television reports that the plane's crew was killed
  • An investigation is under way

An Iraqi helicopter crashed in eastern Karbala during a sandstorm Wednesday, authorities said.

An investigation is under way, said Mohammed al-Askari of the Iraqi ministry of defense.

Al-Askari did not give further details on how many people were killed.

Earlier, Iraqi state television reported that the plane's crew was killed.