Five U.S. Soldiers Hurt in Helicopter Accident
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ Five U.S. soldiers were injured Saturday in a helicopter crash during a night training mission in the Saudi desert, according to a U.S. military statement.
It said the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter belonged to the 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. No details on the crash or the condition of the soldiers were immediately available.
The names of the soldiers were withheld pending notification of relatives.
It was the fourth crash of a U.S. military helicopter since the deployment to the Persian Gulf region following Iraq’s Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait. There have been no deaths reported in the crashes.
Two U.S. soldiers were killed and three injured in vehicle accidents in the gulf. A Saudi man was killed in a collision between taxi and a Marine Corps pickup truck.
Saturday’s crash came shortly after the release of a statement by the U.S. Command Center saying the number of injuries during Operation Desert Shield had been ″surprisingly low.″ A report from Fort Rucker, Ala., found the number of accident-related injuries lower than when troops are at bases in the United States.