- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 30, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) — All four crewmembers on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Thursday near Bagram airfield in Afghanistan died, according to the Pentagon.

The helicopter crashed 10 to 12 kilometers (about 6 miles) east of the Bagram Air Base at around 10:00 a.m. EST, nighttime in Afghanistan. The pilot would have been using night-vision goggles, a Pentagon official said.

Hostile fire is not suspected in the crash. An accident investigation has begun. The helicopter was on a routine training mission at the time of the crash.

The Black Hawk is the Army's main combat utility helicopter used for air assault, air cavalry, and aeromedical evacuation units. It is designed to carry 11 combat-loaded, air assault troops.

It entered service in 1978.

There have been six serious aviation accidents in the Army since October, double the three-year average for accidents in that time period, according to the Army.

A Black Hawk crashed in Honduras in December, killing all five crewmembers.



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