Four crew members on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter died when their aircraft crashed during a training exercise at the Fort Hood U.S. Army base in central Texas, military officials said on Tuesday.
The crew was assigned to Division West, First Army and on a routine training mission when the helicopter crashed on Monday at about 6 p.m.
According to military officials, the crash is being investigated and the names of those who died will be released after the next of kin have been notified.
***** Update - Army Identifies Four Killed in Fort Hood Black Hawk Crash
The four crew members killed are Sgt. 1st Class Toby A. Childers, 40, of Hays, Kansas; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen B. Cooley, 40, of Cantonment, Florida; Sgt.1st Class Jason M. Smith, 35, of Destrehan, Louisiana; and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael F. Tharp, 40, of Katy, Texas.
The Army still does not know what caused the helicopter crash. An investigation team from the Army Combat Readiness Center headquartered at Fort Rucker, Alabama, is working to determine the cause of the crash. *****
Below is the official Army press release regarding the Fort Hood crash. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these soldiers.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: November 24, 2015 8:47:37 PM CST
UPDATE: UH-60L aircraft crashed on northeast Fort Hood range
UPDATE CORRECTION: November 24, 2015, 4:48:00 PM CST
The model of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was inadvertently identified as an UH-60A. The correct model is an UH-60L.
UPDATE: November 24, 2015, 2:47:00 PM CST
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West, released the following statement:
"It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60L helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m.
The accident is under investigation and the names of the deceased will be released after the families have been notified. I want to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to the Families and friends of the Soldiers involved in yesterday's crash."
DATE: November 24, 2015 12:18:57 AM CST
FORT HOOD, Texas - A UH-60L helicopter aircraft with four crew members crashed sometime after 5:49 p.m. Nov. 23 in the northeast portion on the Fort Hood Range.
After an extensive search, emergency crews located the scene of the incident and are reporting the four crew members found deceased.
The crew was assigned to Division West, First Army. They were on a routine training mission at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. A board will be assigned to investigate the incident.
The names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after next of kin notification.
As more information becomes available, it will be released here on the Fort Hood Press Center.
Above image courtesy of KOLO news.
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