Three killed in Alaska rescue helicopter crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Mon Apr 1, 2013 1:05pm EDT

The Helo-1 helicopter is pictured at Hatcher Pass, Alaska, in this handout photo from 2008, courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers. REUTERS/Alaska State Troopers/Handout

The Helo-1 helicopter is pictured at Hatcher Pass, Alaska, in this handout photo from 2008, courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

Credit: Reuters/Alaska State Troopers/Handout

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska State Troopers helicopter crashed during a rescue mission, killing all three people on board, officials said on Sunday.

Emergency workers reached the wreckage early on Sunday and found the bodies of the pilot, a state trooper and a snowmobiler who had been rescued after becoming stranded near the small town of Talkeetna.

The helicopter had failed to arrive at a rendezvous site to meet medics late on Saturday, Alaska State Troopers said in a statement.

(Reporting by Yereth Rosen; Editing by Pravin Char and Angus MacSwan)

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