Searchers find crashed Thai army helicopter, 5 bodies




BANGKOK (AP) — Searchers in Thailand have found the wreckage of an army helicopter that went missing Sunday, along with the bodies of the five people on board.

Contact with the UH-72 helicopter was lost as it was flying over the northern provinces of Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai. The crash is suspected to have been caused by low visibility due to heavy storms, typical of Thailand's monsoon season.

The commander at the Kawila army base in Chiang Mai, Maj. Gen. Kosol Prathumchart, said the wreckage was found Monday in a heavily forested area on Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest mountain. He confirmed the death of an infantry division commander who was aboard with a four-man crew.

The helicopter disappeared as it was returning from a flood relief operation in Mae Hong Son.
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