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May 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter with 10 U.S.-led coalition personnel aboard crashed during combat operations in Afghanistan's Kunar province, a U.S. military spokeswoman said. The military would not immediately release the nationalities or the conditions of those on the craft. The crash was not caused by enemy fire, Lt. Tamara D. Lawrence said.
April 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Pilot error was to blame for the helicopter crash that killed former rebel leader John Garang and set off protests in the Sudanese capital and southern cities, an investigation concluded. Garang's death in July led to protests in the capital, Khartoum, and in southern cities in which at least 130 people were killed, raising fears that a pact that had ended a 21-year civil war could collapse.
February 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Rreports
A 25-year-old student pilot was killed and a flight instructor critically injured Saturday when their helicopter crashed in a remote wash west of Interstate 5, authorities said. The helicopter, which had taken off from Van Nuys Airport, came down about 2:30 p.m. after hitting power lines in an area off Highway 126, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. It was not clear who was at the controls, authorities said.
February 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
The U.S. military confirmed that 10 troops died when two transport helicopters crashed into the sea Friday off the coast of the African nation of Djibouti. The CH-53E choppers, carrying a dozen crew and troops from a counter-terrorism force, went down in the Gulf of Aden, near the northern coastal town of Ras Siyyan. Two crew members were rescued.
February 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Marine Corps transport helicopters carrying a dozen troops on a training mission crashed off the coast of Djibouti, and two were rescued in the initial search, the Pentagon said. The fate of the others aboard the CH-53E choppers was not immediately known. A rescue mission by troops from the U.S., Djibouti and France was underway, said a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, a U.S.-led military force.
February 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An 82-year-old woman and her son died Saturday afternoon when their boat capsized in waves off the Humboldt County coast and the Coast Guard helicopter attempting to rescue them crashed into the surf near the community of Samoa. The Coast Guard responded to a 911 call at 1:30 p.m. reporting that a boat, the White Horse II, had gotten too close to the breaking surf and capsized, tossing four people into the water near Samoa Beach, officials said. Two passengers swam to shore.
December 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed in the Pacific Ocean off Colombia with three people aboard, and the Colombian navy joined a search for the crew. The SH-60B Seahawk helicopter was within sight of the U.S. frigate DeWert when it went down, said Bill Austin, a spokesman for the U.S. Naval Station at Mayport, Fla., where the troops are based. The DeWert's unit usually carries out anti-drug missions in international waters. Austin said the chopper did not issue a distress call.
October 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A medical helicopter lost power while taking off and fell 30 feet off the roof of a hospital in Olympia, the second crash for the same company in a month. None of the four people aboard the Airlift Northwest aircraft was seriously injured in the crash at Providence-St. Peter Hospital, authorities said. The company's previous crash, Sept. 29 in Puget Sound, killed all three crew members. The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the latest incident.
September 29, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A helicopter crash in western Iraq in January that killed 30 Marines and a sailor, the deadliest crash in more than two years of combat in Iraq, resulted from human error, not mechanical failure or hostile fire, according to an investigative report released Wednesday by the Marine Corps. The crew of the CH-53E Super Stallion became disoriented when weather turned bad and visibility was reduced, and it flew the helicopter into the ground.
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