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Two Survive Black Hawk Crash at Fort Drum; 11 Dead

By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2003 – Officials at Fort Drum, N.Y., are reporting today two soldiers survived the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed on the post March 11.

The two survivors were flown to Samaritan Medical Center, in nearby Watertown, where they were listed in serious and critical condition, said a Fort Drum public affairs spokesperson. They had been among 13 soldiers aboard the aircraft. The names of the 11 soldiers killed are being withheld pending notification of all the next of kin.

The soldiers, all members of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), were taking part in a routine training exercise when the Black Hawk crashed at about 2 p.m. in a wooded area on the installation. Rescuers reached the scene about 90 minutes later.

The accident is under investigation.

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