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Helicopter crashes onto Md. interstate, killing 4

SMITHSBURG, Md. (AP) -- A flight instructor says three employees of a Maryland company and a passenger were killed when a commercial helicopter crashed onto a western Maryland interstate highway.

Gary Smith, an instructor at Advanced Helicopter Concepts, said Friday morning that the company had suffered "a huge loss" in the Thursday night crash. He did not give any further information about the victims.

Washington County emergency services director Kevin Lewis says the aircraft was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene minutes after receiving a call at 10:30 p.m. No vehicles on the highway were hit when the helicopter smashed into the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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