Helicopter blade kills UK peacekeeper

LONDON, Mar 10, 2000 -- (Reuters) A British peacekeeper on duty in the Balkans was killed when she stepped into the whirring tail rotor of a helicopter on the day she was due to return home, newspapers reported on Friday.

Lance Corporal Katie Tranter, 19, from the town of Sutton Coldfield in central England, had just disembarked from the Lynx helicopter after being flown from Bosnia to the Croatian port city of Split on February 24, the Times said.

"She would have been home the next day," her father Roy told the Sun tabloid. "She was a beautiful, bubbly girl who always dreamed of being in the army."

Tranter, who had served with the headquarters of the Signal Regiment since December, was due to be buried in her home town later on Friday.

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