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bodies of li airmen killed in iraq helicopter crash back in u.s.


on a delaware tarmac that has seen more than its share of tears, family members monday greeted the remains of four members of the long island-based 106th air rescue wing who perished last week in a helicopter crash near iraq’s border with syria, according to a spokesman for the unit.the four — master sgt. chris raguso, 39, of commack; staff sgt. dashan j. briggs, 30, of port jefferson station; capt. andreas b. o’keeffe, of center moriches; and captain christopher t. zanetis, 37, of long island city — died thursday when an hh-60 pave hawk helicopter crashed in western iraq.all were members of the 101st squadron, a unit of the 106th that flies rescue helicopters in concert with personnel from the wing’s two other squadrons, according to michael o’hagan, spokesman for the 106th. recommended r






li airmen killed in iraq recalled by parents


capt. andreas b. o’keeffe was an air force pilot who had been deployed to iraq three times, and served in afghanistan, the horn of africa and texas during hurricane harvey.but that wasn’t enough for the center moriches resident, his grieving father said. o’keeffe joined the new york air national guard’s 106th rescue wing, an extraction and rescue unit, in 2013 because he felt he had more to offer, his father explained. recommended readingofficials id 3rd li man who died in iraq crasho’keeffe was a member of the 106th rescue wing of the new york air national guard in westhampton beach.“he figured he was not doing enough to serve his country,” shan o’keeffe said during a telephone interview sunday. o’keeffe, 37, was one of seven airmen — including three long island residents — who were kille






li airmen killed in iraq recalled by parents


capt. andreas b. o’keeffe was an air force pilot who had been deployed to iraq three times, and served in afghanistan, in the horn of africa and in texas during hurricane harvey.but that wasn’t enough for the center moriches resident, his grieving father said. o’keeffe joined the new york air national guard’s 106th rescue wing, an extraction and rescue unit, in 2013 because he felt he had more to offer, his father explained. recommended readingofficials id 3rd li man who died in iraq crasho’keeffe was a member of the 106th rescue wing of the new york air national guard in westhampton beach.“he figured he was not doing enough to serve his country,” shán o’keeffe said during a telephone interview sunday. o’keeffe, 37, was one of seven airmen — including three long island residents — who were






13 turkish troops killed in helicopter crash near iraq | turkey news


turkey's military says 13 soldiers have died in a helicopter crash near the border with iraq.a military statement said the as532 cougar helicopter crashed on wednesday shortly after taking off from a base in the region of senoba in sirnak province.it said initial information indicated that the helicopter hit a high-voltage transmission line.the governor's office for the province of sirnak said the helicopter crashed near the town of uludere, three minutes after taking off.the crash occurred as turkish troops are engaged in operations against kurdish fighters in a mountainous region of sirnak province.in march, seven people, including four russians, were killed when a privately owned helicopter crashed in istanbul after hitting a television tower.more to follow...source: news agencies






three airmen killed in us air force plane crash in new mexico


three airmen were killed when their surveillance plane crashed during a military training flight in new mexico, a u.s. air force official said on wednesday.the u-28a reconnaissance plane with three people aboard went down in a field at 6:50 p.m. local time on tuesday, said the 27th special operations wing of the cannon air force base, outside clovis, new mexico.“three airmen are killed,” said master sergeant dennis henry.the identities of the dead were withheld pending notification of family members, he said.the cause of the crash was not yet known and was under investigation, he said.(reporting by barbara goldberg; editing by frances kerry)






turkish troops killed in helicopter crash near iraq | turkey news


turkey's military says 13 soldiers have died in a helicopter crash near the border with iraq.a military statement said the as532 cougar helicopter crashed on wednesday shortly after taking off from a base in the region of senoba in sirnak province."as a result of the painful accident, our hero comrades in the helicopter fell as martrys," the statement said.it said initial information indicated that the helicopter hit a high-voltage transmission line.the governor's office for the province of sirnak said the helicopter crashed near the town of uludere, three minutes after taking off.the helicopter crashed at 8:55 pm (1755 gmt), the military said, adding that an investigation was underway.the crash occurred as turkish troops are engaged in operations against kurdish fighters in a mountainous






helicopter crashes on outskirts of istanbul; 7 killed


istanbul — the mayor of istanbul says that the death toll in the helicopter crash on the outskirts of istanbul has increased to seven.officials had earlier said five bodies were recovered from the scene of friday's crash, without providing information on the fate of two others on board the helicopter.mayor kadir topbas said, however, that all seven on board the helicopter had died.






pentagon: 7 killed in u.s. helicopter crash in iraq


the hh-60 pave hawk helicopter went down in anbar province on thursday.        






sources: 106th rescue wing members killed in iraq helicopter crash


members of the 106th rescue wing of the air national guard in westhampton beach were among those killed thursday in the crash of a u.s. helicopter in western iraq, sources said.the pentagon said in a statement friday that the crash “does not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation.”names of the deceased “will be released by the defense department after next of kin have been notified,” the pentagon said.recommended readingliers who died serving in middle eastcapt. michael o’hagan, a spokesman for the 106th air rescue wing, said friday he could not comment on whether the helicopter or its crew or passengers were from his unit.“it is enough to say i cannot speak on that until official notifications can be made,” he said in an email response. “thank you for your un






no survivors in american helicopter crash in iraq, pentagon says


all seven service members aboard a u.s. helicopter that crashed in iraq were killed, the pentagon said friday in a written statement.the aircraft crashed in western iraq a day earlier, u.s. officials said.the officials said seven service members were on board. they spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of the crash before they were made public.the crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the pentagon said."this tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations. we are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today," said u.s. army brig. gen. jonathan p. braga, director of operations in the fight against is in iraq and syria.the helicopter was used by the air force for combat






pentagon identifies seven u.s. servicemen killed in iraq helicopter crash


the crew was aboard an hh-60 pave hawk helicopter that went down thursday during a troop transport mission.        






members of 106th rescue wing members killed in iraq helicopter crash


three members of the 106th rescue wing of the new york air national guard in westhampton beach were among seven service members killed thursday when a u.s. helicopter crashed in western iraq, leaving no survivors, according to the family members of the victims.the dead included two members of the new york city fire department, city officials said.the hh-60 pave hawk helicopter, a modified black hawk, was ferrying troops from iraq to syria and was not on a combat mission, defense officials said. the defense department said the crash, which occurred near the syrian border, is under investigation but does not appear to be the result of enemy fire.106th rescue wing members killed in iraq helicopter crash members of the 106th rescue wing of the air national guard stationed at francis gabreski a






sources: 106th rescue wing members killed in iraq helicopter crash


at least three members of the 106th rescue wing of the new york air national guard in westhampton beach were among those killed thursday in the crash of a u.s. helicopter in western iraq, sources said.they include christopher j. raguso, a flight engineer in the new york air national guard who was a lieutenant in both the new york city and commack fire departments, the commack department said in a statement.raguso celebrated his 39th birthday the day before the crash, commack fire commissioner jerome quigley said.106th rescue wing members killed in iraq helicopter crash members of the 106th rescue wing of the air national guard stationed at francis gabreski airport in westhampton beach were among those killed thursday in the crash of a u.s. helicopter in iraq, sources said. (credit: newsday






five people killed in snowdonia helicopter crash


image copyrightgooglefive people have been killed in a helicopter crash in north wales.a massive air and land search was launched on wednesday afternoon after the aircraft vanished en route from luton to dublin.supt gareth evans of north wales police said on thursday the crash site was in the rhinog mountains between harlech and trawsfynydd, and the bodies of all five people on board had been found.the bbc understands they were irish and on their way to a christening.a mountain rescue team found the wreckage in the rhinog mountains between trawsfynydd and harlech.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionsupt gareth evans said it was an "agonising time" for the families of of those killedthe privately-owned red twin squirrel helicopter vanished from radar contact while over






five people killed in snowdonia helicopter crash


image copyrightgooglefive people have been killed in a helicopter crash in north wales.a massive air and land search was launched on wednesday afternoon after the aircraft vanished en route from luton to dublin.supt gareth evans of north wales police said on thursday the crash site had been located and the bodies of all five people on board had been found.a mountain rescue team found the wreckage in the rhinog mountains between trawsfynydd and harlech.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionsupt gareth evans said it was an "agonising time" for the families of of those killedthe privately-owned red twin squirrel helicopter vanished from radar contact while over caernarfon bay.police said they were not aware of any plan for the helicopter to stop in caernarfon as part of its






five people killed in snowdonia helicopter crash


image copyrightgooglefive people have been killed in a helicopter crash in north wales.a massive air and land search was launched on wednesday afternoon after the aircraft vanished en route from luton to dublin.supt gareth evans of north wales police said on thursday the crash site had been located and the bodies of all five people on board had been found.a mountain rescue team found the wreckage in the rhinog mountains between trawsfynydd and harlech.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionsupt gareth evans said it was an "agonising time" for the families of of those killedthe privately-owned red twin squirrel helicopter vanished from radar contact while over caernarfon bay.police said they were not aware of any plan for the helicopter to stop in caernarfon as part of its






7 dead, no survivors in u.s. helicopter crash in iraq, pentagon says


a u.s. military helicopter crashed in western iraq on thursday, the u.s. military said, killing all on board.the helicopter, an hh-60 pave hawk helicopter, crashed near the town of qaim in west iraq’s anbar province. a statement by the pentagon released on friday said the helicopter had crashed at approximately 6:45 pm local time on thursday.the statement added that the crash did not appear to be a result of enemy activity, and that the incident was under investigation.in a report released on friday, iraqi news broadcaster al sumariyah quoted a source who said the helicopter had crashed near a phosphate factory outside qaim.an accompanying u.s. helicopter reported the crash, said the pentagon statement, and a quick reaction force comprising iraqi and u.s. troops secured the site.the names






five people killed in helicopter crash in snowdonia


image copyrightgooglefive people have been killed in a helicopter crash in north wales.a massive air and land search was launched on wednesday after the aircraft vanished en route from luton to dublin.supt gareth evans of north wales police said on thursday the crash site had been located and the bodies of all five people on board had been found.a mountain rescue team found the wreckage in the rhinog mountains.the privately-owned helicopter vanished from radar contact while over caernarfon bay.police said they were not aware of any plan for the helicopter to stop in caernarfon as part of its route.formal identification of the bodies has not yet taken place and the coroner for north west wales, dewi pritchard-jones, has opened an investigation.this breaking news story is being updated and m






u.s. pave hawk helicopter crashes in western iraq, killing seven


a u.s. pave hawk helicopter, operating as a medevac, crashed in western iraq on thursday, killing all seven service members aboard. military investigators are looking into the cause of the crash, which occurred thursday night in iraq near the town of al qaim, not far from the syrian border, a u.s. military official said. al qaim has long been a hotbed for insurgent activity, raising fears that insurgents caused the crash. but on friday morning the pentagon said the crash doesn’t appear to be a result of enemy activity....






us helicopter crashes in western iraq


washington — u.s. officials say a u.s. military helicopter has crashed in western iraq with seven service members on board.the officials say there is no indication at this point that the pave hawk helicopter was shot down.the helicopter is used by the air force for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when it went down thursday afternoon near al-qaim in anbar provinceofficials say rescuers are responding to the location, but other details were not yet available.the officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the crash before it was made public.






7 dead, 1 injured in military helicopter crash in mexico


mexico city — mexico's defense department says seven army personnel are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed in the northern state of durango.one soldier was found seriously wounded at the scene. the bodies of the rest of the victims were believed to be in the wreckage of the craft.the department said friday the bell 412 transport helicopter was on a training mission and was carrying 2 pilots, an officer and five soldiers.the crash occurred near el salto in a mountainous region of durango.the cause of the crash is under investigation.






at least 3 killed in russian helicopter crash in chechnya


moscow (ap) — authorities in russia’s province of chechnya say that at least three people have died in a helicopter crash in the north caucasus mountains.local authorities say in a statement carried by russian news agencies that the mi-8 helicopter belonging to the border guards went down wednesday in the itum-kale region of southern chechnya, near the border with georgia.officials said the helicopter crashed in thick fog after its rotor clipped a mountainside while preparing to land. rescuers have found one survivor and recovered three bodies. it was believed that several other people were on board, and they are still missing.the twin-engine mi-8 has been a mainstay of soviet and russian aviation since the late 1960s and also has been widely used worldwide.most read storiesunlimited digit






saudi prince mansour, officials killed in helicopter crash


saudi prince mansour bin muqrin and a number of government officials were killed sunday in a helicopter crash some 70 miles from the kingdom’s southern border with war-torn yemen, saudi officials and state television said.the helicopter went down while the group was touring an area near the coast in asir province, of which prince mansour is governor, according to a statement from the interior ministry’s security spokesman. the cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known....






turkish troops killed in helicopter crash near iraq | turkey news


turkey's military says 13 soldiers have died in a helicopter crash near the border with iraq.a military statement said the as532 cougar helicopter crashed on wednesday shortly after taking off from a base in the region of senoba in sirnak province."as a result of the painful accident, our hero comrades in the helicopter fell as martrys," the statement said.it said initial information indicated that the helicopter hit a high-voltage transmission line.the governor's office for the province of sirnak said the helicopter crashed near the town of uludere, three minutes after taking off.the helicopter crashed at 8:55 pm (1755 gmt), the military said, adding that an investigation was underway.turkey's chief of staff, general hulusi akar, travelled to the region to carry out an inspection, the sta






pentagon: no survivors in u.s. helicopter crash in iraq


the u.s. air force combat search and rescue helicopter was in transit when it went down in anbar province        






andreas o’keeffe identified as iraq helicopter crash victim


a center moriches man has been identified as the fourth new york air national guard member who was killed in a helicopter crash in iraq, officials said saturday. capt. andreas b. o’keeffe, 37, was a full-time technician and an air guardsman with the 106th rescue wing of the new york air national guard in westhampton beach, according to the department of defense, which provided the first official identification of the crash’s seven victims on saturday.o’keeffe, staff sgt. dashan briggs, 30, of port jefferson station; master sgt. christopher j. raguso, who turned 39 on wednesday, of commack; and capt. christopher “tripp” zanetis, 37, of long island city, died when their hh-60 pave hawk helicopter crashed near the syrian border while transporting troops from iraq to syria, military officials






andreas o’keeffe identified as iraq helicopter crash victim


a center moriches man has been identified as the fourth new york air national guard member who was killed in a helicopter crash in iraq, officials said saturday. capt. andreas b. o’keeffe, 37, was a full-time technician and an air guardsman with the 106th rescue wing of the new york air national guard in westhampton beach, according to the department of defense, which provided the first official identification of the crash’s seven victims on saturday.o’keeffe, staff sgt. dashan briggs, 30, of port jefferson station; master sgt. christopher j. raguso, who turned 39 on wednesday, of commack; and capt. christopher “tripp” zanetis, 37, of long island city, died when their hh-60 pave hawk helicopter crashed near the syrian border while transporting troops from iraq to syria, military officials






7 dead, 1 injured in military helicopter crash in mexico


mexico city (ap) — mexico’s defense department says seven army personnel are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed in the northern state of durango.one soldier was found seriously wounded at the scene. the bodies of the rest of the victims were believed to be in the wreckage of the craft.the department said friday the bell 412 transport helicopter was on a training mission and was carrying 2 pilots, an officer and five soldiers.the crash occurred near el salto in a mountainous region of durango.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the cause of the crash is under investigation.






helicopter crashes on outskirts of istanbul; 7 killed


istanbul — a helicopter crashed on a highway on istanbul's outskirts friday after apparently hitting a television tower in dense fog, reports said. all seven people on board were killed, the city's mayor said.the sikorsky s-76 was carrying an executive of the eczacibasi group of companies, four of his russian guests and two pilots.gov. vasip sahin said that the helicopter crashed in istanbul's buyukcekmece district after taking off from ataturk airport, adding that the cause of the crash was under investigation.authorities initially recovered five bodies from the crash site, but mayor kadir topbas later said that all seven on board were killed.thick black smoke could be seen billowing from the crash site in video shown on turkish network dha. burning debris was scattered across a large str






troy gentry, of country group montgomery gentry, dies in helicopter crash


troy gentry, the co-founder of the country-rock duo montgomery gentry, has died in a helicopter crash. he was 50.the duo was scheduled to perform a show on friday at the flying w airport & resort in medford, n.j. the helicopter crashed in a forested area just outside the venue, according to faa reports cited by associated press.gentry and a fellow passenger were killed, though it was not immediately clear who was piloting the helicopter. "it is with great sadness that we confirm that troy gentry, half of the popular country duo, montgomery gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash," read a statement on the band's website. "troy gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time."gentry co-founded the group with eddie mont






norway: body found in russian chopper crash in arctic


copenhagen, denmark — norwegian authorities say that recovery workers have found one of eight bodies in the crash of a russian helicopter last week off the arctic archipelago of svalbard.terje carlsen, a spokesman for the norwegian islands' top authority, says that the body that was found monday inside the wreck at a depth of nearly 210 meters (about 685 feet) will be raised tuesday.carlsen said the search for the other bodies would continue but was hampered by the fact that it was dark for nearly 20 hours on svalbard at this time of year. he said the bodies could have floated away from the wreck.the mi-8 helicopter with five crew members and three members from russia's arctic and antarctic research institute, went down thursday near the svalbard settlement of barentsburg.






pastor says he’s shaken by witnessing helicopter crash


phoenix (ap) — a las vegas pastor says he was shaken by his experience in witnessing a sightseeing helicopter crash that killed three british tourists at the grand canyon.the arizona republic reports that pastor lionel douglass, who had traveled to the location in a separate helicopter, had just finished performing a wedding ceremony on feb. 10 when he saw another helicopter from las vegas go down on tribal land outside grand canyon national park.four others survived the crash and were hospitalized in critical condition.the national transportation safety board is investigating the cause of the crash.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!douglas, who had done numerous other weddings in the area over the years, called to his pilot to ask what the helicopter was doing.as soon






snowdonia helicopter crash recovery to resume


image copyrightfacebookimage caption ruth and kevin burke have been named locally in milton keynes as two of the crash victims recovery of the bodies of five family members killed in a helicopter crash in north wales continues on friday.on thursday, rescue teams faced poor weather on the "treacherous terrain" around the site at the rhinog mountains in snowdonia.two of those on board have been named locally as kevin and ruth burke from hulcote, near milton keynes, who were travelling to a christening in dublin.a search started on wednesday when the aircraft vanished over caernarfon bay.specialist officers from north wales police will continue recovery of the five bodies.the air accident investigation branch will then begin the forensic recovery of the twin squirrel helicopter, registered to






u.s. pave hawk helicopter crashes in western iraq, killing seven


by updated march 16, 2018 8:03 a.m. et a u.s. pave hawk helicopter, operating as a medevac, crashed in western iraq on thursday, killing all seven service members aboard. military investigators are looking into the cause of the crash, which occurred thursday night in iraq near the town of al qaim, not far from the syrian border, a u.s. military official said. al qaim has long been a hotbed for insurgent activity, raising fears that insurgents caused the crash. but on friday morning the pentagon said the crash doesn’t appear to be a result of enemy activity. “all personnel aboard were killed in the crash,” said brig. gen. jonathan p. braga, director of operations, combined joint task force-operation inherent resolve, in a statement. “this tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women fa






helicopter crash victims were from long island, queens


dashan j. briggs, of port jefferson station, christopher j. raguso, of commack, and christopher "tripp" zanetis, of long island city, queens, were new york air national guardsmen who died in a helicopter crash in iraq on thursday. photo credit: new york ang / commack fd / debe seven u.s. service members were killed thursday when their helicopter crashed in western iraq. among the victims were:christopher j. ragusoa loving father of two little girls. a role model of a firefighter. a big gentle giant.recommended readingli-based service members killed in iraq copter crashchristopher j. raguso, 39, dashan briggs, 29, and christopher “tripp” zanetis, 37, were among the victims, family members said.jerome quigley, a commissioner with the commack fire department, used those words to describe ragu






helicopter crash victims were from long island, queens


dashan j. briggs, of port jefferson station, christopher j. raguso, of commack, and christopher "tripp" zanetis, of long island city, queens, were new york air national guardsmen who died in a helicopter crash in iraq on thursday. photo credit: new york ang / commack fd / debe seven u.s. service members were killed thursday when their helicopter crashed in western iraq. among the victims were:christopher j. ragusoa loving father of two little girls. a role model of a firefighter. a big gentle giant.recommended readingli-based service members killed in iraq copter crashchristopher j. raguso, 39, dashan briggs, 29, and christopher “tripp” zanetis, 37, were among the victims, family members said.jerome quigley, a commissioner with the commack fire department, used those words to describe ragu






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