Clipped From The Paris News
CRASH KILLS SIX: U.S. Army investigators inspect the wreckage of a Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter Sunday at the National Training Center in the Photo by Associated Press Majove Desert near Fort Irwin, Calif. The crash, which happened early Saturday morning, killed six soldiers from Fort Hood, Tx., and injured one. Army investigating crash that killed 6 during training By The Associated Press FORT mWIN, Calif. — A helicopter crash that killed six men, including an Oklahoman, and injured one occurred while the Army'heli- copter was directing three other aircraft in a mock attack, base officials said. As temperatures reached 105 degrees Sunday, a seven-member team of military aviation experts hunted for clues in the charred, mangled remains of the UH-60 Blackhawk that went down about 4 a.m. Saturday. All the soldiers aboard were from the 1st Cavalry Division at Port Hood, Texas. They were at the 1,000-square-mile base in the Mojave Desert for a three-week training exercise that ended Saturday, said Capt. Gary Cleland. The investigation of the crash by a team from the U.S. Army Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., would last at least a week, Safety Center spokesman Lt. Col. Herb Blank said. The Safety Center could issue orders to ground the Army's fleet of UH-60 Blackhawks if necessary, but had not done so by Sunday, he said. Officials did not know who was piloting the craft and who was crew chief when Saturday's predawn accident occurred, Cleland said. Other details were unknown, including whether the crew was flying by instruments or using night-vision goggles and what alti- . tude the craft was flying. There could have been enough ambient light for them not to use night goggles and to go by instru-_ ments," Cleland said. No other aircraft was involved, said Maj. John Wagstaffe. The accident occurred' during an exercise involving 1st Cavalry troops in mock battle against units posing as Soviet forces at Fort Irwin's National Training Center.