Blackhawk crash victims released by Fort Hood

Fort Hood has released the names of four soldiers that died in the Nov. 23 UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter crash after families were notified.

The crash happened last Monday in the northeast part of Fort Hood’s training area.

The four crew members were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 291st Aviation Regiment, First Army Division West and were on the aircraft that was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment on a training mission.

It is not yet known what caused the crash. There is a pending investigation that is being done by a team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, headquartered at Fort Rucker, Alabama. A flight data recorder was recovered from the scene to help with the investigation.

Names of The Fallen Warriors

Sgt. 1st Class Toby A. Childers, 40, from Hays, Kansas

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen B Cooley, 40, from Cantonment, Florida

Sgt. 1st Class Jason M. Smith, 35, from Destrehan, Louisiana

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael F. Tharp, 40, from Katy, Texas


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