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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145166
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Time:21:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk
Owner/operator:US Army, 2-25th Avn
Registration: 90-26296
MSN: 70-1526
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near the Lakani area, Helmand province -   Afghanistan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter that went down in southern Afghanistan, killing four troops, was on its way to the scene of a suicide bombing at an Afghan police checkpoint, Afghan officials said Friday.

The cause of the crash in Helmand province on Thursday night has not yet been determined, military officials said, but the weather was stormy at the time. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force confirmed the deaths of four service members aboard on Friday evening, nearly 24 hours after the crash.

The suicide bombing in Helmand’s Garmsir district killed four police officers, including the outpost commander, and injured seven other officers, said Mohammad Fahim Gorbati, the Garmsir district chief.

A provincial spokesman, Daoud Ahmadi, said there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time. The NATO force did not disclose the crew’s mission, but Ahmadi said it was a medevac craft on its way to help those wounded in the bombing.

Helicopter crashes are not unusual in Afghanistan, where choppers are heavily relied upon to transport troops and supplies. However, relatively few are downed by insurgent fire; many crashes are blamed on mechanical failure, pilot error or severe weather.

"Diamonhead20" was the chase bird for the designated Medevac from C/3-25 Avn the 4 crew killed were identified by the DoD on 24 April,2012 as
CWO Nicholas S Johnson, 27 of san Diego, CA
CWO Don S Viray, 25 of Waipahu, HI.
Sgt Chris J Workman, 33 of Boise, ID. and
Sgt Dean R Shaffer, 23 of Pekin IL.

The Army investigation reported in Knowledge (Aug2012) attributed the cause of the crash to pilot spatial disorientation shortly after take-off when after losing contact with the lead aircraft and attempting to RTB the pilot inadvertently put the aircraft into an increasingly steep left bank until it struck the ground.

Scramble / Airforces Monthly (June & December 2012(

Revision history:

20-Apr-2012 00:21 gerard57 Added
20-Apr-2012 09:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
20-Apr-2012 10:42 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Apr-2012 11:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
24-Apr-2012 11:19 RW-018 Updated [Time, Operator]
29-Jan-2017 13:10 rvargast17 Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Mar-2020 07:43 StokieSteve Updated [Source, Narrative]

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