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5 killed in tour helicopter crash near Lake Mead

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recovery and investigative teams are heading to a remote site near Lake Mead where a helicopter slammed into a mountainside, killing the pilot and the four passengers who were on a tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam.

National Park Service spokesman Andrew Munoz said the aircraft operated by Sundance Helicopters crashed just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Numerous witnesses heard the crash and reported seeing smoke about 4 miles west of the lake's edge.

He said a Las Vegas police search and rescue team reached the scene by helicopter and confirmed that all five people on board were dead.

The remote crash site in the River Mountains surrounding Lake Mead, about 30 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, is not accessible by road.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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