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Mendocino Marine Killed In Crash

Mechanical problems, that´s what Donald Rumsfeld says appears to have brought down a military helicopter in Afghanistan that killed two Marines, including one from California.

The secretary of defense tells NBC´s “Meet the Press” there´s no evidence the Super Stallion chopper came under enemy fire.

It crashed today in high mountain terrain during a resupply mission.

Sergeant Dwight Morgan, a 24-year-old helicopter mechanic from Mendocino, died in the crash.

Early reports said two others were critically hurt. But the Pentagon says all five survivors received moderate injuries, and were not seriously hurt.

They´ve been taken to a medical facility in the region.

Rumsfeld says “your heart just breaks every time something like this happens.”

The men were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, which is part of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing based in Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar.

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