Nine Missing, Feared Dead In Chopper Crash

JUNCTION CITY, Calif. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says nine people are missing and feared dead in the crash of a helicopter carrying firefighters in Northern California.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the helicopter was carrying 11 firefighters and two crew members when it went down last night. Four people have been taken to a hospital with severe burns. Two are in critical condition.

Gregor says the Sikorsky S-61 chopper was destroyed by fire after crashing in a remote mountain location in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.