FORT HOOD - Last November, four army aviators died when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed on Fort Hood during what was supposed to be a routine training mission. Now, more information is emerging about what went wrong.
A recently published newsletter from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center appears to reference the crash, even though the official final report has not been released. The newsletter, titled Flightfax, is available online here. And, it describes the same model chopper hitting a tree, under conditions consistent with initial information about the fatal Fort Hood crash.
The publication appears to blame pilot error, at least partially, for the deadly crash. And, it seems to suggest the instructor pilot made the chopper bank at 87 degrees, while only 200 feet above the ground. Those are conditions beyond the capability of the aircraft, according to the newsletter.
Investigators at Fort Rucker will publish an official final report. It is unclear when that could be released.