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http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/03/12/blackhawk.crash/index.html

FORT DRUM, New York (CNN) -- Two soldiers remained hospitalized Wednesday, a day after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a training mission and killed 11 soldiers aboard.

Col. Robert Caslen of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division said one of the men was in critical condition and the other in serious condition. Both suffered multiple cuts and broken bones.

Caslen said that the UH-60 Black Hawk was performing a sling-load operation -- in which the aircraft transports large gear such as a Humvee -- but that it had completed the transport and was returning to base when the accident occurred.

All aboard were active duty soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum. Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a spokesman for the division, said the Army was still contacting relatives and would release names when that process was complete.

Hilferty said the Black Hawk was the trailing craft in a three-helicopter formation on the return flight to the base. He said the crews of the other helicopters were unaware of a problem until they arrived at the base.

The Black Hawk disappeared from radar about 1:50 p.m. EST Tuesday, and a search-and-rescue team found the wreckage in a snowy wooded area more than 1 1/2 hours later. One survivor was walking around the crash site when emergency teams arrived, Hilferty said.

Hilferty said the Army's criminal investigation and safety commands were investigating the accident but added that the presence of criminal investigators did not indicate foul play.

"The criminal investigation command is involved in any death," he said at a news conference. "If you slip and fall outside, they would be involved."

Maj. Gen. F.L. "Buster" Hagenbeck, division commander, called those aboard "brave 10th Mountain Division soldiers" and pledged to "do everything in our power to take care of all of the families involved in this tragedy."

Fort Drum, about 70 miles north of Syracuse, has been a major staging ground for troops preparing for possible war with Iraq. About 1,000 soldiers from Fort Drum have been deployed to the Persian Gulf.

The two survivors are being treated at Samaritan Medical Center in nearby Watertown.

A memorial service was planned Wednesday at the post.

Last month, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in the Kuwaiti desert killed four American soldiers during a nighttime training mission near Camp New Jersey, about 31 miles northwest of Kuwait City.

On January 30, an Army MH-60 Black Hawk crashed about seven miles from Bagram air base in Afghanistan, killing all four crew members aboard.
 

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yeah it is dangerous and they never get the credit they deserve
 

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Maybe not in the Media, but if the average Joe knows you are serving, or have served, they usually thank you. Pretty much what you did for me a month or so ago.
 

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yeah but even that doesn't show enough thanks to our men and women serving our country...i do thank you for all that you've personally done...and what our military has done to protect our freedom...sometimes i just feel that others don't care...and i want to do more to thank those that serve
 
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