updated 2/26/2005 8:53:31 AM ET 2005-02-26T13:53:31

An American Army pilot was killed and another seriously injured Saturday when their Apache helicopter crashed on a training mission.

The helicopter, belonging to the 2nd U.S. Infantry Division, went down near Paju, a South Korean town close to the border with communist North Korea, said Kim Yong-kyu, a spokesman at the U.S. military command in Seoul.

The accident took place just before noon, Kim said.

U.S. military authorities were investigating the cause of the crash, and the identities of the two pilots were being withheld until their next of families were informed.

About 33,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, which shares the world’s most heavily militarized border with North Korea.

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