Army Investigating Deadly Helicopter Crash at Fort Hood, General Says

UH-60 Blackhawk
UH-60 Blackhawk

U.S. Army investigators are working to determine the cause of a helicopter crash that killed all four crew members Monday evening at Fort Hood, a general said.

The UH-60L Black Hawk assigned to First Army Division West was on a routine training mission on the northeast area of the sprawling Texas base when the aircraft when down, the service said. The Army originally identified the helicopter as a UH-60A Black Hawk.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60A helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m.," Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commander of First Army Division West said in a statement.

"The accident is under investigation and the names of the deceased will be released after the families have been notified," he added. "I want to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to the Families and friends of the Soldiers involved in yesterday's crash."

A crash investigation board is attempting to determine the cause of the mishap, the Fort Hood press office said.

A decades-old workhorse in the Army aviation fleet, the Black Hawk is a twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter made by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. The A model is the oldest variant, while the M model is the newest version.

--Bryant Jordan can be reached at bryant.jordan@military.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bryantjordan.

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