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Army Special Ops Soldier dies in Blackhawk crash near Savannah

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Last night, Jan. 15, just before midnight, an Army Blackhawk crashed at Hunter Army Airfield, near Savannah, Ga., killing one Soldier and leaving two others wounded.

All crew members aboard the MH-60 Black Hawk were members of the elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) known as Night Stalkers.

They were returning from a nighttime training flight when they made a “hard landing” at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Names of the Soldiers have not been released. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The Night Stalkers transported SEAL Team 6 into Pakistan when Osama bin Laden was killed and they were the air rescue team responsible for rescuing Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell from the Operation Red Wings mission that went terribly wrong in Afghanistan in 2005.

This has been a deadly month for military training incidents; earlier this month a Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon crashed off the coast of Virginia leaving three sailors dead.

Its also been a deadly month for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, with five troop losses reported to date.

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