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Lebanese army helicopter crashes near Beirut killing 2 crew members and injuring 1

This is a locator map for Lebanon with its capital, Beirut. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese army helicopter crashed during a training mission in a forest east of Beirut on Wednesday night, killing two crew members and wounding one, the army said.

The army, in a terse statement, said the helicopter crashed near the mountain town of Hammana. It gave no further details.

Lebanon is in the grips of the worst economic crisis in its modern history and the army has been severely affected. The nearly four-year meltdown is rooted in decades of corruption and mismanagement by the country's ruling class.

The economic meltdown is putting unprecedented pressure on the U.S.-backed army’s operational abilities, wiping out soldiers’ salaries and wrecking morale.