Black Hawk crash investigation findings released
NEW ORLEANS - An investigation into a deadly military helicopter crash found the Black Hawk's pilots became disoriented and lost control after hitting heavy nighttime fog during a joint training exercise.
The March 10 crash off the coast of Florida killed four Louisiana-based Guardsmen and seven U. S. Marines.
The Louisiana National Guard released the findings Thursday morning, saying the pilots suffered from spatial distortion when they flew into the fog and that they failed the transition from flying visually to flying off instruments.
"Throughout this tragedy, we have focused on supporting the families and ensured that they are fully informed of all information relevant to the crash," said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the LANG. "Training for high-risk, realistic missions, is something these servicemembers accepted on a regular basis to be able to do their job when called upon. We will continue to honor their sacrifice and remember their legacy."
Military officials said the family of the Guardsmen and Marines who died recieved copies of the reports last night. An Irish newspaper posted the findings after the military said one of the Marines' family passed them along.
The release said the investigation into the crash is now closed.