EL SALVADOR: Who Killed the Copter Crew?

EL SALVADOR: Who Killed the Copter Crew?

The undisputed facts were ugly enough: guerrillas of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (F.M.L.N.) last week shot down a U.S. military helicopter, killing its three-man crew. But determining just how and when the Americans died proved difficult.

The helicopter was hit by rebel ground fire about 75 miles east of San Salvador. The F.M.L.N. said all three crewmen died from injuries suffered when the chopper crashed. But area residents claim that the rebels ordered them to drag out two of the Americans, alive and begging for water. At first they said both died for lack of medical attention, but...

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