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U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes During Maneuvers

September 12, 1988

SCHWAEBISCH HALL, West Germany (AP) _ A U.S. Army helicopter struck high tension wires and crashed into a field, injuring the two pilots and four soldiers on the ground, the military said Sunday.

The 5th Corps headquarters in Schwaebisch Hall said the helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon near Bad Mergentheim, 95 miles southeast of Frankfurt.

The pilots, from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, were seriously injured, a 5th Corps statement said.

Fort Bliss spokesman Brad Rose identified the pilots as Capt. Carl Stephen Filip of El Paso, Texas, and 1st Lt. Kenneth Johnson. He said he did not know Johnson’s hometown but the lieutenant is a member of an Ohio ational Guard Unit attached to the 3d Armored Cavalry. Rose said Filip is assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry.

Four U.S. soldiers on the ground were injured when they tried to rescue the pilots from the wreckage, the statment said. The four men suffered minor burns from power lines that were dragged down by the helicopter, according to the statement.

The helicopter, a Bell OH-58, was taking part in military maneuvers.

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