Kansas native among 4 soldiers killed in helicopter crash

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Destrehan soldier among four killed Monday in Fort Hood helicopter crash, Army says.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A 35-year-old soldier from Destrehan is among four crew members who were killed when their helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise at Fort Hood in Texas, according to the Army, which released the identities of the soldiers Friday. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West said in a statement Tuesday. “The accident is under investigation and the names of the deceased will be released after the families have been notified. Let us never forget the price these courageous men and women are willing to pay so that we may enjoy the many blessings of liberty,” he said. “Whether at home or abroad, our soldiers put their lives on the line every day to secure the freedoms we hold dear in Texas and the United States of America.

The Black Hawk, the Army’s primary utility and medical evacuation helicopter, is a twin-engine, four-bladed, single-rotor aircraft that has been in use since 1979. The last fatal accident involving a Fort Hood helicopter in Central Texas was on Nov. 29, 2004 when a 4th Infantry Division UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter struck a support cable on the 1,800-foot KXXV television tower while on a flight to the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana.

An Army report determined that the crash resulted from the decision of the pilots to fly under visual flight rules in conditions that warranted the use of instruments. The pilots took off in foggy conditions without filing an instrument flight plan, but then requested an instrument flight plan minutes before the crash. The helicopter crashed near the Corps of Cadets field on the school’s College Station campus during ROTC Winter Field Training Exercises in which about 190 ROTC cadets were participating.

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