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Pilot cited altitude before Pa. helicopter crash

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Authorities say moments after a pilot warned air traffic controllers he was losing altitude, his helicopter crashed in a wooded area of northeastern Pennsylvania, killing five people including a child.

Wyoming County coroner Thomas Kukuchka says the pilot contacted a nearby tower around 10:30 p.m. Saturday saying he would attempt to return to another airfield nearby. Then he went off the air. The wreckage was found Sunday afternoon.

Officials have not released the names and ages of the victims, but Kukuchka says there were three men, a woman and a child on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter took off from Greater Binghamton Airport in New York but officials there said it actually originated at a smaller airfield nearby, Tri Cities Airport in Endicott.

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