A 26-year-old Idahoan was among three soldiers killed Friday when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during the rescue of an Iraqi child wounded in an explosion, the Department of Defense announced Sunday.
Cpl. Richard P. Carl of King Hill died in the crash near Samarrah, Iraq, along with Chief Warrant Officers Brian Van Dusen of Ohio and Hans Gukeisen of South Dakota. All three were assigned to the 571st Air Medical Company, Fort Carson, Colo.
On Friday evening, two Black Hawk helicopters were sent from the Tikrit area to help the child, who had suffered serious head injuries when an unexploded ordnance went off, U.S. military officials said.
The Black Hawks landed near the Tigris River, and the child was put into the first helicopter, which took off with no problems, the officials said.
But the second helicopter snagged a wire across the river as it took off, flipping the Black Hawk over and into the water.
One of the crew was able to swim to shore and was picked up by the first helicopter, which returned after seeing the accident. The other three in the Black Hawk could not be saved, one official said.