Two Soldiers Dead in Helicopter Crash

WAHIAWA, Hawaii (AP) - A military helicopter crashed at Wheeler
Army Airfield during a test flight Wednesday, killing both soldiers
aboard, the U.S. Army said.

The two-seat OH-58D Kiowa Warrior went down Wednesday afternoon.

The names of the soldiers killed were not released pending family
notification.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Earle Kealoha said firefighters
responded to a call of a downed aircraft at 3:34 p.m. But when they
arrived four minutes later, federal fire crews already had the fire
under control.

The Army said it was investigating the accident.

The helicopter belongs to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, part
of the 25th Infantry Division, which is preparing for a 12-month
deployment to Iraq scheduled to begin October.

Kiowa Warrior helicopters are used primarily for observation and
scouting missions. They can be armed with missiles and machine
guns, and are typically flown close to the ground at speeds topping
100 mph.


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