May 25, 1997 in Nation/World

Team Seeks Clues In Fatal Copter Crash

Associated Press

Investigators worked Saturday to determine how two Marines died in a helicopter that crashed near a school and burst into flames.

Killed in the crash late Friday afternoon were Maj. Michael J. Browne, 33, of Little River, S.C., and 1st Lt. Robert B. Straw, 29, of Brentwood, Calif.

They were assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, Marine Aircraft Group 26, of Marine Corps Air Station New River, near Jacksonville, N.C. The station is next to but not a part of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.

The AH-1W Cobra helicopter crashed near Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Hutchins. A team of investigators was at the site Saturday.

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