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Three dead in US military helicopter crash

The Local · 4 Feb 2010, 11:03

Published: 04 Feb 2010 08:19 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Feb 2010 11:03 GMT+01:00

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The helicopter was approaching the Coleman Army Airfield in the state of Hesse around 6:45 pm on Wednesday during a training mission when the accident occurred, killing all crew members on board, a statement said.

“Our condolences and prayers go out to the families and loved ones,” Brig. Gen. Michael A. Ryan, deputy commanding general, said in the statement. "The loss of these brave and dedicated soldiers is devastating for all of us."

“I also want to recognize the prompt and professional response by the German police and fire fighters,” Ryan said. "They arrived at the scene as quickly as possible."

According to German news agency DPA the aircraft went down near a motorway, and some 100 local rescue workers were on the scene overnight.

The US military has taken on the investigation and a team from the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama is on their way to assist, the statement said.

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Soldiers’ names will not be released until their families have been notified.

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19:14 February 4, 2010 by Henckel
These accidents can happen anywhere, not just over the battlefield. As is often the case, this one occurred during a routine training mission. The greatest US ace of World War II, Richard Bong (40 victories) was killed in 1945 while on what was supposed to be a routine test flight of a new aircraft.
20:56 February 4, 2010 by Frenemy
....just be happy that it wasn't Mogadishu!! (Germans are nicer to Americans than Somalians....)

I know it sucks, but sh!t happens people....
13:43 February 5, 2010 by tollermann
Frenemy, I would say mostly, but some can be very ignorant. For example the types of things I have been told by Germans would never be tollerated if they had been talking about Jews, Turks, Asians, Africans, etc...
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