Criminy..it even made the Australian papers...
Two survive US Blackhawk crash
March 12 2003
A Black Hawk helicopter carrying 13 people crashed today in a heavily wooded area of a US army post in upstate New York, military officials said.
Two people survived the crash, but authorities did not disclose the fate of the other 11 aboard.
"I would like to extend my condolences to the families of our fallen comrades and I want to assure you that we will fully investigate this terrible accident and do everything in our power to take care of all the families involved in this tragedy," said Major General Franklin Hagenbeck, commander of the 10th Mountain Division.
Military officials refused to take questions at a news briefing.
The helicopter, a widely used transport aircraft, crashed just north of Wheeler-Sack Airfield, Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Hilferty said. He said there was no indication of problems beforehand.
"The first call I got was that it was missing. It just disappeared," Hilferty said. He said he believed the aircraft was on a training mission with at least one other helicopter, perhaps two.
Major Daniel Bohr at Fort Drum said the aircraft last made radio contact shortly before 2pm (0600 AEDT). Rescue crew located the crash site at about 3.30pm (0730 AEDT).
Greg Burnelle, a Jefferson County emergency management official, said the helicopter crashed between the tiny towns of Antwerp and Philadelphia in upstate New York. Burnelle said there were "critical injured people".
Fort Drum, situated along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario about 113km north-east of Syracuse, is home to the 10th Mountain Division and has been a major staging area for reserve units taking part in the build-up toward war with Iraq. Nearly 1,000 division soldiers and reservists have left from Fort Drum in recent weeks.
The training mission had no connection with ongoing war exercises at the base, Hilferty said.