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(Pentagon-AP) -- The Pentagon says a Marine Corps transport helicopter has crashed in central Iraq near Karbala with at least four people aboard.
So far, there are no signs of survivors.
A Pentagon official says another servicemember drowned while trying to rescue the crew of the downed helicopter.
The Marine C-H-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed into a canal southeast of Karbala. A Pentagon spokesman says there's no indication of whether it was downed by hostile action.
The Sea Knight is a workhorse helicopter used by the Navy and Marine Corps to move cargo or troops. It normally operates with a crew of four and has been in service for more than three decades.
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