Results of helicopter accident investigation released

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
Aug. 2, 2010

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The 15-6 investigation into the crash of a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Feb. 3, 2010, in the vicinity of Mannheim, Germany could not determine the cause of the accident. There was insufficient evidence to indicate that mechanical malfunction, environmental factors, pilot error or a combination of these factors contributed to the accident.

The accident cost the lives of three U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to G Company, 52nd Aviation Regiment, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment.

The flight was a routine pilot proficiency training flight from Stuttgart Army Airfield to Coleman Army Airfield. During the approach to Coleman Army Airfield, the aircraft began a rapid, unrecovered descent and made contact with the trees which resulted in the aircraft crashing.

We extend our sincere condolences to the families for the loss of their loved ones, and we are committed to providing them support and assistance in their time of need.