On Thursday, January 19, 2012, a Military Helicopter, CH-53D crashed in Southern Afghanistan in the Helmand Province killing 6 US Marines. All six Marines were based out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and have been identified:
- Captain Daniel Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, Washington
- Captain Nathan McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, Illinois
- Master Sgt. Travis Riddick, 40, 0f Centerville, Iowa
- Cpl. Jessie Stites, 23, of North Beach, Maryland
- Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, New Jersey
- Cpl. Joseph Logan, 22, of Willis, Texas
This is a tragic incident and an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the military helicopter crash. It has been noted that there was no enemy activity involved. This CH-53D helicopter is the same model helicopter that had a mechanical failure on March 29, 2011 and crashed in Hawaii killing one Marine.
While an investigation is still pending, it appears that a mechanical failure may be the leading cause of this crash. The Franecke Law Group has been at the forefront of representing victims and families of military helicopter crashes for more than 30 years.
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