Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash Identified
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ The U.S. government on Thursday identified two women who were killed in a military helicopter crash as National Guard members from northern California.
The dead were 1st Lt. Vicki L. Boyd, 30, of Salinas, Calif., who piloted the UH-1H Huey helicopter and Sgt. Linda S. Simonds, 34, of Sacramento, Calif., who was a medic, the U.S. Embassy said.
Both were attatched to the 126th National Guard Medical Company based in Sacramento. They arrived April 17 at the Soto Cano Air Base 40 miles northeast of Tegucigalpa.
Their helicopter crashed on a jungle mountainside Monday while on its way to pick up a sick serviceman. Cause of the accident has not been determined.
A soldier injured in the crash was identified by the embassy as William Jarrell, 24, of West Virginia, who was assigned to the 571st Medical Brigade in Fort Carson, Colo. The embassy did not give his rank.
A third person killed in the crash has not been positively identified, the embassy statement said.