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Two military choppers crash in India

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:40 AM EDT, Thu August 30, 2012
Indian rescue personnel douse the wreckage of one of two crashed Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopters on August 30, 2012.
Indian rescue personnel douse the wreckage of one of two crashed Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopters on August 30, 2012.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two choppers crashed Thursday, the air force said
  • The cause of the crashes was not immediately known

(CNN) -- Two Indian air force helicopters crashed in the western part of the country Thursday, killing all nine personnel on board, authorities said.

An Indian air force statement said both choppers were on a routine flight in Gujarat state when they crashed.

"A mid-air collision could be one of the causes. But an inquiry has been ordered to investigate," air force spokesman Gerard Galway told CNN.

The two Mi-17 helicopters had taken off from Jamnagar air base, the air force said.

CNN's Harmeet Singh contributed to this report.

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