Four soldiers killed in Black Hawk helicopter crash
2009-08-21 05:08:07 GMT2009-08-21 13:08:07 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- All four soldiers were confirmed dead after an Army MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training mission on Colorado's second-highest mountain, the Denor Post reported on Thursday.
The crash took place on Wednesday afternoon near the summit of 14,421-foot Mount Massive, the report said on its Web.
All four people on the helicopter were male soldiers, spokesman for the Army's Special Operations Command Lt. Col. John Clearwater said in remarks published by the paper.
Their names haven't been released, and no information has been made public about the cause of the crash.
The helicopter was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) - known as the Night Stalkers - and was conducting a routine training mission, the report quoted army officials as saying.
The crash was first reported by U.S. Forest Service teams cutting trails through the mountain area with a youth group. The teams heard the crash but did not see it.
Two soldiers were dead on the scene, one was injured and one was missing. The missing man was found dead late Wednesday, and the injured man died on the way to the hospital Wednesday, Clearwater said.
The Black Hawk's flight recorder was recovered and an investigation team from Fort Rucker, Ala., was at the crash site Thursday, Clearwater said.
The MH-60 version of the Black Hawk is designed to conduct overt and covert missions, and to resupply special operations forces, according to the Army.
In March, a Black Hawk military helicopter carrying three members of the Alaska Army National Guard crashed in a snowstorm on Monarch Pass, west of Salida, Colorado. All three people on board - the pilot, the co-pilot and the crew chief - walked away from the crash.
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