Update on helicopter crash

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http://news.soc.mil/releases/News Archive/2009/October/091024-01.html

Blackhawk helicopter that crashed off the coast of Virginia on Thursday evening, Oct. 22, while conducting overwater training.

The deceased and three of the injured were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. The other five injured service members are assigned to an East Coast based Naval Special Warfare Unit.

The name of the deceased Soldier will not be released until 24 hours after next of kin notification is complete in accordance with current Department of Defense policy.

The accident occurred in the early evening off the coast of Virginia. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

Direct all queries to the 160th Public Affairs Office at (270) 798-6298 or for additional information on the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, visit the USASOC News Service at http://news.soc.mil.
 

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SSG. James R. Stright, 3/160th SOAR(A)

http://news.soc.mil/releases/News Archive/2009/October/091025-01.html

FORT BRAGG, N.C.(USASOC News Service, Oct. 25, 2009) – An Army Special Operations Aviation Soldier died in a helicopter crash that occurred Oct. 22, 2009, off the coast of Virginia, while conducting overwater training.

Staff Sgt. James R. Stright, 29, a native of Libby, Mont., served in the Regiment for more than five years. He is survived by his mother, Kathy Stright, and his father, Robert N. Stright, both of Libby, Mont.

Stright was assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) headquartered at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., when his MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed on board the USNS ARCTIC (T-AOE 8).

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