July 17, 1987 |
A U.S. helicopter en route to pick up an accidentally wounded U.S. military adviser crashed in bad weather near San Salvador, killing six Americans and injuring a seventh, the U.S. Embassy said Thursday. One of those killed in the crash was Air Force Lt. Col. James M. Basile, 43, of Cheshire, Conn., the deputy commander of the U.S. Military Group attached to the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, according to a Defense Department spokeswoman in Washington. A U.S.
January 3, 1991 |
Leftist guerrillas shot down a U.S. military helicopter in the eastern part of El Salvador on Wednesday, killing three American crewmen on board, the rebels said. A rebel broadcast said a guerrilla unit brought down the Huey copter near the village of Lolotique, 75 miles east of the capital, but it did not say what weapons were used.
February 21, 1988
Salvadoran rebels said U.S. military advisers stationed in El Salvador face reprisals as a result of their growing role in combat. "The participation of the advisers in combat is increasing every day. More will be killed, more wounded," Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front Commander Roberto Roca warned over the rebels' clandestine radio station.
January 10, 1991 |
Salvadoran rebels admitted Wednesday that their forces may have executed two U.S. servicemen aboard a helicopter they shot down, and they pledged to punish anyone found to be responsible. The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front said in a communique that two of its fighters had been arrested on suspicion of "having assassinated wounded prisoners of war."
January 22, 1991 |
Leftist rebels in El Salvador admitted that their forces killed two injured U.S. airmen this month after shooting down the Americans' helicopter. They blamed two of their guerrillas and proposed a public trial by a tribunal made up of rebels and independent representatives. The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front originally claimed the men died from injuries suffered when guerrillas fired on their helicopter Jan. 2.
February 26, 1991 |
A U.S. Army helicopter crashed in a lake east of San Salvador shortly after taking off Monday, killing the five Army personnel aboard, officials said. The pilot of the UH-1H had reported mechanical trouble minutes before it went down in Lake Ilopango, at the edge of the capital, U.S. Embassy spokesman Jeff Brown said. A U.S.-Salvadoran search for the bodies was suspended at midafternoon. U.S.