Saturday, September 08, 2007

MH-53 Helicopter Crashes in Florida

Two people were injured and five were unhurt when an MH-53 Pave Low helicopter from the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, crashed near Duke Field at approximately 11:45 p.m. Sept. 7, 2007.

The aircraft was performing a routine training mission.

The Eglin fire department responded. Airman 1st Class Bradley Jordan, 20th Special Operations Squadron gunner, was transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Col. William Nelson, Air Force Special Operations Command Surgeon General's office, was transferred to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. The remaining crew members were transferred to Eglin Hospital for evaluation.

No one on the ground was injured and no civilian property damage was caused by the accident.

A board of officers will investigate the accident. As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided.