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One of those killed is identified by the Associated Press to be Jaime Pickett, a mechanic from Clarksville.
According to the AP, the heavy-lift helicopter, owned by Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Oregon, crashed after taking off from the provincial capital of Pucallpa. Five Americans and two Peruvians were reportedly killed.
The company's vice president of marketing says that the plane was en route to a drilling location in northern Peru.
A local police commander says that it appears the victims jumped out of the helicopter out of desperation.
Witnesses quoted say the plane lost control and spewed smoke before crashing.
The airport control tower lost contact with the aircraft five minutes after takeoff at just after 3 p.m., Peru's civil aviation authority reported. Controllers report seeing "a big cloud of smoke" four miles northeast of the airport.
No information on what might have caused the crash has been released, but the company denies overcrowding.
Wednesday, January 9 2013, 07:22 AM CST
National exhibit on Civil War in Nashville
May 20, 2013 08:09 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A national traveling exhibit on the Civil War will be on display at Nashville's Green Hills Library beginning on Monday.
The exhibit lets viewers experience the war through the eyes of politicians, soldiers, families and freed slaves. It includes letters, personal accounts and images that demonstrate how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of the war and the role of a president in wartime.
According to the library, the Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
More information on the exhibit is available at http://www.library.nashville.org .
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