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5 Americans reportedly killed in Peru helicopter crash

Five Americans and two Peruvians died Monday after a helicopter crashed into the Amazon jungle, according to a judicial official in Peru.

Marco Ochoa said rescue crews were working to recover the bodies, Reuters reports.

Local police official Miguel Cardoso said Tuesday morning that three bodies have been so far been recovered. He says it appears all jumped from the chopper.

The heavy-lift chopper crashed after taking off from the provincial capital of Pucallpa, according to Peruvian authorities.

It was owned by Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Oregon. The company's executive vice president Peter Lance confirmed the deaths and said all the Americans were employed by the company, but did not elaborate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.