Five Americans have died in a helicopter accident in Peru. Two others are also dead. Both were citizens of Peru. The copter crashed into the Peruvian Amazon Jungle on Mon., Jan. 9, 2013, with seven people on board. According to Peru's air transport agency Corpac, the helicopter was operated by the local unit of Columbia Helicopters, a company based in the United States, reported CBS News.
The helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in the capital city of Pucallpa, according to FOX News.
Rescue crews are in the process of recovering the bodies of the five Americans who died in Peru and the two locals who were also on the helicopter when it crashed. As of Tuesday morning, three bodies had been recovered. Local officials believe they all leaped from the helicopter as it was crashing.
Peter Lance, the executive vice president of Columbia Helicopters, which is based in Portland, said the five Americans who died in Peru were all employees of the company.