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Helicopter Downed in Iraq Based at Schofield Barracks

Nathan Hubbard Nathan Hubbard
Joshua Harmon Joshua Harmon
Garret Mclead Garret Mclead

By Stephanie Lum

(KHNL) - Fourteen U.S. soldiers die in a helicopter crash in Iraq.

Sources tells KHNL News 8, ten of the dead were based at Schofield Barracks in Central Oahu.

We've talked to one of the victim's father, who is the Fire Chief in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

And he confirms his son was in fact based here on Oahu.

The UH60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Northern Iraq.

At this time, the U.S. military says, it doesn't look like it was shot down, but rather it appears to be a tragic accident.

The U.S. military says two Blackhawk helicopters were flying missions in Northern Iraq Tuesday night when one of them went down, killing ten soldiers on board, along with four crew members.

It's one of the deadliest helicopter crashes since the war began.

In the last year alone, 13 helicopters have gone down, killing a total of 61 personnel.

Now in Tuesday night's accident, the military says it was probably not hostile fire which brought it down.

"Initial indications are that the aircraft experienced a mechanical malfunction," said Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner. "There were no indications of hostile fire. The cause of the incident is under investigation."

One of the victims was Nathan Hubbard of Clovis, California.  Hubbard joined the army about a year after his older brother was killed in Iraq.

According to the Clovis Police Department , Nathan was based out of Schofield.

Another victim of the crash: Garret Mclead of Rockport, Texas.  He trained at Fort Benning, Georgia before serving in Iraq.

We do not know if he was stationed in Hawaii.

The NBC station in Seattle says a spokesperson from Fort Lewis tells them the helicopter's crew of four was based out of Fort Lewis, Washington.

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