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Crashed Helicopter Salvaged in Shanghai

One body was found Monday morning in the salvaged wreck of a MD902 helicopter that crashed into the Yangtze River mouth after colliding with a Singaporean cargo ship last week, while another person is still missing, authorities said.

The dead was a foreign winch driver.

The MD902 was carrying two Chinese and two foreigners when it collided with the ship at around 11:00 AM on Feb. 10 on a mission to transport the ship's pilot. One aboard the helicopter was killed on the spot. The only person that has survived so far is the captain of the helicopter, a Canadian.

The helicopter was hired by the pilot station of Shanghai port.

Workers from the Shanghai-based East China Sea Rescue Bureau, the Shanghai Salvage Bureau and the Shanghai Maritime Bureau have worked together for five days to retrieve the crashed helicopter.

They positioned the black box of the helicopter Friday afternoon and spotted the debris Sunday morning.

Authorities said it appeared the tail of the helicopter may have broken off after the crash, but the cause of the accident was still under investigation.

Recovery of the black box could help investigators.

The helicopter belonged to Guangdong General Aviation Corporation and was on pilot duty above the deep waterways at the time of the accident.

(Xinhua News Agency, Shanghai Daily February 14, 2005)

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