Helicopter crash at Fort Bliss training site prompts Army investigation
POSTED: Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 2:31pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 5, 2014 - 8:03am
Orogrande, NM (KTSM) — A military helicopter crashes during a training mission in Fort Bliss' northern training area, near Orogrande, New Mexico on Saturday night.
The CH-47 Chinook crashed at approximately 8:15p.m.
Fort Bliss spokesperson, Lt. Colonel Lee Peters says the crew and aircraft are with the 82nd Airborne Division stationed out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
They came to Fort Bliss for high-altitude, mountain training - similar to environments they may face while deployed to Afghanistan.
"In order to maintain their combat readiness, other U.S. Army military units, U.S. military services and coalition nations routinely use Fort Bliss to conduct aerial and ground training due to its vast and varying training areas and environments," said Peters.
The Army is not yet releasing any information about whether or not there were any deaths or injuries among the 4-person crew aboard the Chinook.
A team of investigators is on the way to Fort Bliss from Fort Rucker, Alabama - the Army's Aviation Center, which is standard procedure.
Peters says the most likely scenario in a case like this is to ground all aircraft similar to the one that crashed until investigators can determine what the cause of the crash was.
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