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Helicopter crash soldiers named

The Ministry of Defence has named five of the six soldiers killed when a British Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter crashed in the Czech Republic on a training exercise.

Two of the victims were 19 and one 20, a spokesman said.

The four soldiers from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery were Gunners Bradley Gomersall, 19, Vincent Crain, 19, Kevin Dimmock, 26, and Daniel Kelly, 20.

Also killed was Captain Douglas Andrew Loose, 33, one of the air crew, a Royal Artillery officer serving with 1 Regiment Army Air Corps.

The other member of the air crew has not yet been named.

The helicopter crashed yesterday on a joint British-Czech training exercise codenamed Flying Rhino.

The dead were two air crew and four soldiers flying as passengers.

The air crew were from 1 Regiment Army Air Corps based at Gutersloh, and the four military passengers from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery based at Sennelager.

The craft came down in an uninhabited valley in the south of the country.

An investigation is under way to try to establish the cause of the crash.

Condolences to the families involved.
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