WASHINGTON (RockedBuzz through Reuters) -Five U.S. Army particular operations officers had been killed on Friday when their helicopter crashed into the Mediterranean Sea throughout a coaching mission, the Pentagon mentioned on Sunday.
The troops had been taking part in “routine flight coaching” when the MH-60 Blackhawk “skilled an in-flight emergency, ensuing in an accident,” the US Department of Defense mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
The United States deployed two plane carriers – the Ford and the Eisenhower – together with help ships and dozens of plane to the japanese Mediterranean following the October 7 Hamas assault on Israel, to behave as a deterrent and guarantee the battle doesn’t unfold .
The US European Command, which oversees American army operations in Europe and components of the Middle East, initially confirmed the incident on Saturday.
“We can definitively say that the aircraft’s sortie was purely training-related and there are no indications of hostile activity,” he mentioned.
President Joe Biden on Sunday expressed his condolences for the victims, who the Pentagon mentioned had been a part of the 1st Battalion, a hundred and sixtieth Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
The Pentagon on Monday recognized them as Stephen Dwyer of Tennessee, Shane Barnes of California, Tanner Grone of New Hampshire, Andrew Southard of Arizona and Cade Wolfe of Minnesota.
(Reporting by Katharine Jackson; Andrea Shalal and Susan Heavey; Editing by Grant McCool, Lisa Shumaker, Sandra Maler and Chizu Nomiyama)