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Officials: Helicopter Crash Caused By Power Lines

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials said a helicopter crash that killed two Tennessee Army National Guard pilots was caused when the aircraft hit power lines.

Tennessee Military Department spokesman Randy Harris said in a news release Wednesday that the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter was "conducting a routine training mission in an established training area in rural Campbell County when it struck power lines" in July.

1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole, both of Knoxville, died in the crash.

Both pilots were with Troop C of the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron based at McGhee Tyson. Cole was an instructor pilot, and both men had several years of service.

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