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17 December 1998 Edition

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Helicopter goes down in S Armagh

The South Armagh Farmers and Residents Coalition has accused the crown forces of covering up an incident near Crossmaglen when a British army helicopter crash landed at the weekend.

Witnesses living on the Crivekeeran Road between Crossmaglen and Culloville in South Armagh have told An Phoblacht that a low flying British Army lynx helicopter crashed into overhead electricity cables at 7.30 last Saturday morning.

The RUC moved into the Crivekeeran Road and sealed off the area from 7.30am until 4pm that afternoon. The RUC said that electricity workers had been in the area making repairs and that a British Army helicopter had been in difficulties in the vicinity. But they denied there was any connection between the two events.

The British Army press office strongly denied the incident had taken place, despite eyewitness reports and the admissions of the RUC.

Toni Carragher of SAFRC said the incident ``is the latest in a long line of incidents that the crown forces have been responsible for and which put the safety of residents at risk''.


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