All 4 dead in Army helicopter crash near Leadville
The Denver Post
DENVER, Colorado – All four people who were aboard an Army MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter out of Fort Campbell, Ky., that crashed on Mount Massive about 2 p.m. Wednesday have been accounted for, and all are dead.
Late yesterday officials were still seaching for a fourth soldier. This morning word came he was dead.
Special Operations spokesman Lt. Col. John Clearwater says all four people on the helicopter were male soldiers. Their names haven’t been released; no information has been made public about the cause of the crash.
The helicopter was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) – known as the Night Stalkers – and was conducting a routine training mission, Army officials said.
The crash was first reported by U.S. Forest Service teams cutting trails through the mountain area with a youth group. The teams heard the crash but did not see it.
The crash occurred near the 14,200-foot level of the 14,421-foot mountain, which is about 15 miles southwest of Leadville. The crash site is in the San Isabel National Forest.
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