U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashes near North Korean border

April 16, 2013 NORTH KOREAA U.S. military Black Hawk helicopter has crashed near the border with North Korea, according to a South Korean defense official. The helicopter, identified by the Yonhap news agency as a UH-60 Black Hawk, came down in Cheolwon county, a defense ministry spokesman told AFP. The precise cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but the incident occurred during ongoing South Korea-US joint military exercises. Yonhap quoted emergency rescue workers as saying the 12 service personnel on board the helicopter had survived the crash, which comes at a time of heightened military tensions on the Korean peninsula. North Korea has condemned the joint exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, and made a series of threats of military retaliation. There are 28,500 US military personnel permanently stationed in South Korea. –Sky News
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4 Responses to U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashes near North Korean border

  1. Emanni says:

    CHERWON, South Korea, April 16 (Yonhap) — A U.S. military helicopter crashed while landing at a front-line Army unit Tuesday, but all of three crew members and 13 U.S. soldiers on board escaped unscathed, police and military officials said.

    Sikorsky’s CH-53 transport helicopter crashed onto a military shooting range in Cherwon, 88 kilometers north of Seoul, while landing after completing a three-hour training exercise along with five other helicopters, according to military officials.

    After all the American soldiers had escaped to safety, the helicopter caught fire, with most of the aircraft damaged in the blaze, they noted. The soldiers were medevacked to a hospital in Yongsan Garrison in Seoul after the incident.

    An initial investigation is currently under way to determine the exact cause of the crash, authorities said.

    The ill-fated chopper was participating in the South Korea-U.S. combined field training drill called Foal Eagle, amid heightened tensions with North Korea.


  2. chrysler13 says:

    I thought it was a UH-60 that crashed. How did it end up being a CH-53?


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