Rescue Helicopter Crashes in Alaska

    This 2008 image provided by the Alaska State Troopers shows their helicopter which crashed Saturday night March 30, 2013 while attempting to rescue a snowmobiler near Larson Lake 7 miles east of Talkeetna, Alaska. All three aboard are feared dead. (AP Photo/Alaska State Troopers)

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    An Alaska state-trooper helicopter had just rescued a stranded snowmobiler near the town of Talkeetna—north of Anchorage—when it crashed Saturday night, potentially leaving the snowmobiler, the pilot, and a trooper dead. The downed aircraft was discovered Sunday, but no survivors have been found. Still, the state trooper’s office isn’t giving up hope: they’ve not officially declared those on board the helicopter dead. The state troopers’ spokeswoman said that the helicopter had inexplicably caught fire.

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