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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:44 pm    Post subject: 3rd soldier found dead after Army copter crash Reply with quote

ENUMCLAW, Wash. -- A third body was found Friday after a Blackhawk helicopter from Fort Lewis crashed on a mountain southeast of Seattle during a scheduled training mission, killing all three aboard, the Army said.

"It was in the area where the other bodies were found as well," Lt. Col. Dan Williams, a spokesman from the Army post south of Tacoma, told a news conference Friday morning.

The remains will be removed and will undergo an autopsy, he said.

The soldiers were members of the 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment, which has been at Fort Lewis for about a year, said David Kuhns, a civilian spokesman with the post.

Officials were not releasing the soldiers' identities until at least 24 hours after family had been notified, he said

"I don't want to get into details on the individuals," Kuhns said, noting that additional information would likely not be available until "at least Saturday."

"We're not going to piecemeal information out," he said.

Investigators from Fort Rucker, Ala., were called in to try to piece together what caused the helicopter to crash.

"It will be a lengthy process, but we aren't going to put a time limit on safety," Williams said.

The UH-60 Blackhawk medium utility helicopter went down about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement issued early Friday by Fort Lewis.

King County sheriff's deputies and civilians found the crash site about 10 p.m. on the south side of 1,835-foot Mount Peak near the King County Fairgrounds, about 45 miles southeast of Seattle and 30 miles east of Fort Lewis, Deputy Rodney C. Chinnick said.

"It's the kind of remote site that's hard to get to," Kuhns said.

The crash site was located after a deputy who is also a pilot for the county's helicopter found a piece of a helicopter rotor during the ground search, Chinnick said.

Army officers were dispatched to the site to investigate the crash, while about 20 deputies and dozens of civilian search and rescue volunteers joined in the effort to find the third crew member, he added.

The Army was in command of the effort and the sheriff's office was providing support.
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FORT LEWIS, Wash. - The victims have been identified in the military Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed three people.

Chief Warrant Officers Patrick Page, 32, and James Whitehead, 33, and Sergeant Thomas Clarkston Jr., 25, were all aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk when it went down near the south side of Mount Peak, near Mud Mountain Road.

King County sheriff's Deputy Rodney Chinnick says searchers found the wreckage about 10 p.m. Thursday. The soldiers were on a night training mission when the crash occurred.

Chinnick says county officials contacted Fort Lewis, which confirmed it had a helicopter missing.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, and a team from the Army's Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., will assist in the investigation.

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