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Downed Blackhawk Kills Hawaii Soldiers

Brigade General Kevin J. Bergner Brigade General Kevin J. Bergner
Nathan Hubbard Nathan Hubbard
Joshua Harmon Joshua Harmon
Garret McLead Garret McLead

(KHNL) - Mechanical failure, not hostile fire is suspected in a military helicopter crash that killed Hawaii based soldiers.

It is one of the deadliest helicopter crashes since the war in Iraq began.

The U.S. military says ten of the 14 victims were based at Oahu's Schofield Barracks. Four other soldiers were based out of Washington State.

As grieving families are giving word of the deadly crash, we are slowly learning the names of those soldiers killed in this helicopter crash along with what went wrong.

Military officials say the blackhawk helicopter had some kind of malfunction in the tail rutter that sent the helicopter into a tailspin head first into the desert.

The crash killed ten soldiers on board, along with four crew members. 

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

Killed in the crash:

-Nathan Hubbard of Clovis, California.

This latest accident hits the Hubbard family especially hard. Nathan joined the army about a year after his older brother, a marine, was killed in Iraq.

-Joshua Harmon, of Willoughby, Ohio.

The 20 year old leaves behind a wife in Honolulu.

-Garret Mclead of Rockport, Texas.

Trained at Fort Benning, Georgia before serving in Iraq.

-Corry Paul Tyler of Washington State.

Leaves behind a wife and three small children in Washington.

-Ricky Bell of Caruthersville, Missouri.

21 years old.

-Jessy Pollard of Springfield, Missouri.

-Michael Hooks of Pennsylvania.

The Scholfield Soldiers had already served a year in the Middle East on their tour.

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