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11 killed when Black Hawk helicopter crashes in heavy fog off the coast of Pensacola, Florida

Modified Date: 
Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:55am
Accident Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Report: Pilots in deadly Black Hawk crash disobeyed orders

An investigation of a Black Hawk helicopter crash in March that killed all 11 service members on board — including seven special operations Marines — shows the Louisiana National Guard pilots in the training mission disobeyed direct orders by choosing to fly into worsening weather conditions. In June, the military said the crash was caused when the pilots became disoriented during the night-time training mission off the Florida coast on March 10. The mission took place as dense sea fog rolled in from the Gulf of Mexico. But the full report, obtained by The Associated Press late Thursday, said the pilots were not authorized to fly in such bad weather conditions and that others on the training mission failed to challenge the over-confidence of the lead pilot.

Report: Pilots in deadly Black Hawk crash disobeyed orders

An investigation of a Black Hawk helicopter crash in March that killed all 11 service members on board - including seven special operations Marines - shows the Louisiana National Guard pilots in the training mission disobeyed direct orders by choosing to fly into worsening weather conditions. In June, the military said the crash was caused when the pilots became disoriented during the nighttime training mission off the Florida coast on March 10. The mission took place as dense sea fog rolled in from the Gulf of Mexico. But the full report, obtained by The Associated Press late Thursday, said the pilots were not authorized to fly in such bad weather conditions and that others on the training mission failed to challenge the overconfidence of the lead pilot.

Soldiers from La. National Guard base among missing, presumed dead, after Army helicopter crash

The 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion received the Founders and Patriots of America's 2012 Outstanding National Guard Unit Award. It is a very active battalion and is known for its rooftop rescues in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

11 missing in army helicopter crash off Florida coast

It was too soon to say what caused the crash, but there were "weather issues" overnight, Bourland added.

Seven Marines, four soldiers missing after helicopter crashes

The helicopter went down during a routine training mission on a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin.

Military helicopter crashes off northwest Florida; 11 missing

The service says the Black Hawk’s airframe “is designed to progressively crush on impact to protect the crew and passengers.”

7 Marines, 4 Soldiers Missing After Helicopter Crashes

Military police keep a close watch on the area and have been known to run off private vendors who rent jet skis or paddle boards without permission. 

Fog lifting, easing search in Florida helicopter crash

 "It sounded like something metal either being hit or falling over, that's what it sounded like. And there were two booms afterward, similar to what you hear with ordnance booms, but more muffled," Urr said.

1 Black Hawk crashed in fog, killing 11; Another turned back

Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.

2 Michigan Men Among The Dead In Military Helicopter Crash

He was part of a U.S. Marines special operations regiment from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina who had completed two tours in Afghanistan. He was engaged to be married in October.

Holland Marine believed among those missing after helicopter crash

Seif was awarded Marine of the Year in 2013, for helping out a fellow service member in harm's way in Afghanistan. He was also awarded the Silver Star earlier this month for his actions there.

Source: Michigan Marine presumed killed in Black Hawk crash

The marine is Marcus Bawol of Warren. WOOD-TV has reported that Andy Seif, of Holland, could also have been on the military helicopter. 

3 Michigan men among Marine helicopter deaths, families say

A Macomb County marine was among the military servicemen presumed killed in a helicopter crash during a Florida training mission Tuesday, according to family members and Warren's mayor.

Family: Wisconsin Marine killed in copter crash loved being dad

Lora Waraska told WISN 12 News that the military informed family members that Kerry Kemp, a Port Washington native, was on board a helicopter that crashed off of Florida Tuesday night. 

9 Of 11 Victims Identified In Black Hawk Crash

The identities are not being released to the public at this time, however family members of the victims have been notified and have begun speaking to the media.

Official: Little hope 11 service members survived crash

The same fog and crashing Gulf waves surrounded a pier where a large gathering held vigil Wednesday night, creating a somber backdrop to the songs, tears and prayers of people with strong ties to the military and the sprawling Eglin Air Force Base.

Williamsburg man killed in Black Hawk crash in Florida

Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders of Williamsburg, Virginia was identified Friday as one of the seven men stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command. 

Military officially announce names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash

Staff Sergeant Andrew SEif, of Holland; Staff Sergeant Trevor Blaylock, of Lake Orion; and Staff Sergeant Marcus Bawol, of Warren; were all killed when their Blackhawk helicopter went down during a training mission in dense fog off the Florida coast.

Fallen Marine awarded Silver Star days before deadly crash

Just four days before he was killed in a helicopter crash, Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif was awarded one of the military's highest honors for heroism, a commendation he earned for his efforts to save a mortally wounded friend in heavy gunfire in Afghanistan.

Salvage Crew at Fla. Site of Helicopter Crash That Killed 11

That operation came as a military leader at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, disclosed that those aboard the downed aircraft had tried to abort their mission when they decided it was too risky.

They gave all: Profiles of those killed in military helicopter crash

The 11 service members who died in an Army Black Hawk helicopter crash Tuesday off the Florida Panhandle weren't only a loss to their country. They leave behind wives, fiancees, parents, children and friends. They will be missed. And remembered.

Friends and family remember Captain Stanford Shaw III killed in Black Hawk crash

Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III,31, of Basking Ridge, was a special operations Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

NJ Marine Among Victims of Helicopter Crash

He served two tours of duty in Iraq, according to information provided by the Marines at Camp Lejeune.

Salvage crew at site of helicopter crash that killed 11

"They literally had done it hours before in daylight as part of the rehearsal for being able to do the nighttime operations, which inherently are more difficult," Osterman said at a news conference at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

More vigils planned for Florida helicopter crash victims, TV station reports

The vigils will take place in Alexandria, Metairie and Hammond, which was a home base for four Louisiana National Guard soldiers among the victims of Tuesday's crash.

Candlelight vigil at Veterans Memorial to honor soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Organizers with the Military Advocacy Project of Louisiana will begin the vigil at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial across from Lakeside Mall in Metairie.

Funeral arrangements set for one Guardsman killed in Black Hawk crash

The body of Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr. will return to Louisiana on Saturday to the National Guard facility in Hammond. Anyone wishing to pay their respects when the flight lands at 12:30 p.m. is asked to arrive at least an hour before as CW4 Griffin will be taken to the Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home in Hammond with Military Funeral Honors.

Officials announce memorial service for 11 killed in Black Hawk crash

A special memorial service to remember 11 service members killed in a Black Hawk crash will be held Friday evening in Florida near the crash site.

First Louisiana National Guard soldier killed in helicopter crash returns home

Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr., 37, will arrive Saturday afternoon to the Louisiana National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Hammond. 

Funeral services set for Michigan Marine killed in Black Hawk training crash in Florida

Marcus Bawol will be laid to rest Thursday at St Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in Warren.

Family tribute: Lake Orion Marine will be remembered for love for family, military and country

As friends and family of fallen U.S. Marine Trevor Blaylock prepare for his funeral, more information has come out about the Lake Orion native from family members who say he was a “devoted father” who “had a way with his words.”

Funeral Set For Fallen Marine Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif

Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia but a service will be held in his hometown of Holland.

Pilot error blamed for March chopper crash that killed marines, La. Guardsmen

According to the Irish Times, the investigation said “spatial disorientation” in dense fog led to the crash. 
Soldiers from La. National Guard base are missing and presumed dead, after Army helicopter crash. The helicopter was taking part in routine training exercises when it crashed on a beach between Pensacola and Destin, FL. Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing early Wednesday after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicoptercrashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base. The soldiers are from a Louisiana National Guard base in Hammond, while the Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based special operations group. Some human remains have washed up on shore. The 11 service members are presumed deceased. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions. The base reported two helicopters assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond were participating in a training exercise, when one of them was involved in an accident. The area where the crash happened Tuesday night was under a fog advisory.
People Involved: 
Andrew Seif
Marcus Bawol
Kerry Kemp
Trevor Blaylock
David Strother
Thomas Saunders
Liam A. Flynn

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