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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
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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