February 20, 2006 |
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 |
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.
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February 12, 2006 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
September 25, 2005 |
A tour helicopter crashed into the ocean near Kauai's rugged Na Pali Coast, killing three people and leaving three in the waves to swim ashore. The three survivors reached a reef near the mouth of a stream, where two waited for water safety officers to rescue them and the third made it to the beach, said Mary Daubert, Kauai County spokeswoman. The pilot, who survived, told authorities the helicopter had encountered wind shear just before going down.
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September 6, 2005 |
A pilot towing a banner was seriously injured when his helicopter crashed at Long Beach Airport on Monday afternoon, authorities said. The unidentified pilot was alone in the Bell Jet Ranger 206 when it went down about 100 yards southwest of the main commercial runway about 1:30 p.m., said Battalion Chief Jeff Reeb of the Long Beach Fire Department. Reeb could not confirm a report that the helicopter had become tangled in the banner.
August 25, 2005 |
Spanish Defense Minister Jose Bono said fierce winds caused the crash of one of the country's military helicopters last week in Afghanistan, which killed all 17 soldiers aboard. Bono cited a technical report by crash investigators and accounts from people near the site. Investigators ultimately ruled there was no evidence of an attack or collision with another copter, the minister said.