Accident Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk 13-20624,
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Date:Tuesday 10 March 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic H60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk
Owner/operator:Louisiana Army National Guard
Registration: 13-20624
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:between Pensacola and Destin, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Destin, FL
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Helicopter is missing during night training mission. 7 Marines and 4 soldiers were on board.
The helicopter was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 10 March 2015 and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash around 2 a.m. 11 March 2015.
Fog has made the search for the helicopter difficult. Much of the area was enveloped in fog from Tuesday evening, said the National Weather Service.

The wreckage has been located and is reportedly broken into several pieces in the Santa Rosa Sound in about 25 feet of water.

The helicopter was engaged in a night training exercise. A second helicopter participating in the routine training mission returned safely.

Both aircraft are assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion a National Guard unit based in Hammond, Louisiana. The seven Marines involved in the accident were part of a special operations group based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

A joint investigation by U.S. Special Operations Command and the Louisiana National Guard found that the cause of the accident was that both pilots of the doomed aircraft developed “spatial disorientation”.


Revision history:

11-Mar-2015 09:41 plcedi Added
11-Mar-2015 09:41 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
11-Mar-2015 10:05 gerard57 Updated [Date, Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-Mar-2015 10:09 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
11-Mar-2015 14:24 gerard57 Updated [Narrative]
11-Mar-2015 17:35 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2015 19:46 harro Updated [Operator, Source]
11-Mar-2015 20:43 angels one five Updated [Nature]
12-Mar-2015 06:51 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Damage]
12-Mar-2015 20:51 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2015 20:04 Aerossurance Updated [Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
24-Oct-2015 12:11 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Dec-2015 11:17 El_serj Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]

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