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Report: November Black Hawk crash 1 of 2 fatal aircraft accidents since 2005

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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:30 am

FORT HOOD — A report of accidents at Fort Hood from 2005 to 2015, released Monday to the Herald, show there were 90 aviation incidents during that time frame.

Of the aviation accidents, 13 involved a Black Hawk. The most reported aircraft-involved incidents — 40 — were with AH-64 Apache helicopters, and the remaining 37 incidents were spread out among all other aircraft, to include unmanned aircraft.

One of the fatal crashes was the Nov. 23, 2015, UH-60 Black Hawk crash that killed four soldiers, according to the report by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center based at Fort Rucker, Ala. The unit is responsible for recording and investigating accidents. The other fatal aircraft accident was an Apache crash in July 2005 in which one soldier died.

There were five other incidents where an aircraft hit the ground during the 11-year time frame. Three of the crashes were unmanned aircraft and the remaining two impacts involved Apache helicopters with minor injuries to personnel.

The report included only incidents in Fort Hood air space and not those involving Fort Hood soldiers at other locations, such as training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., or overseas.

The remaining 83 reported aircraft accidents included an engine smoking when being turned on and a soldier losing the tip of a finger by accidentally putting a hand in the path of a moving rotor.

According to the report, 2006 saw the most incidents with 26, followed by 17 in 2007 and 15 in 2005. The least number of reported accidents occurred in 2010 and 2011, with two each year.

Prior to the reporting period, the only other notable incident involving Fort Hood soldiers occurred in November 2004, when a Black Hawk crashed approximately 30 miles north of post and killed seven soldiers, including 4th Infantry Division Brig. Gen. Charles B. Allen. The crash would not have been included because it was off-post, as well as two months before the time frame.

The report, which had been requested first by the Austin-American Statesman, also contained information on 664 reported ground accidents. Read more about training accidents at Fort Hood in the Sunday Killeen Daily Herald.

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