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Fort Bragg helicopter crashes during training in New Mexico

Posted May 4

— A CH-47 Chinook helicopter with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade went down Saturday night while on a training mission, a spokeswoman for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg said Sunday.

Lt. Col. Virginia McCabe said the helicopter was involved in High Altitude Mountainous Environment Training when it went down approximately 8:15 p.m. local time near Orogrande, New Mexico, a training area belonging to Fort Bliss, Texas, about 45 miles away.

McCabe did not say how many soldiers were on board at the time, but local news affiliates reported four soldiers were on board when the helicopter crashed.

It's unclear if anyone was injured. McCabe said in an email only that the crash is under investigation.

The CH-47 Chinook is a heavy-lift transport helicopter that was first used in Vietnam. Its chief mission is to move troops, ammunition, large-caliber guns and equipment.

The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade and other units from across the military routinely train at Fort Bliss because of its vast desert and mountain terrain.

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  • BigBrokeBill May 5, 10:25 a.m.

    Lots of questions, few answers, welcome to the government information denial program.