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Black Hawk Crash in Italy Kills Five U.S. Servicemembers

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2007 – Five U.S. servicemembers died today after a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in northern Italy.

Eleven U.S. servicemembers were aboard the helicopter, which was attached to 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, according to a news release from the Heidelberg, Germany, headquarters of U.S. Army, Europe. The battalion is based in Mannheim, Germany.

The USAREUR release did not provide information on the service affiliation of those aboard the helicopter, the condition of the survivors or the nature of the ill-fated mission.

Names of the dead are being withheld until families are notified, and officials will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

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