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Seven peacekeepers, including five Americans, were killed when one of their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed during a routine mission in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. An eighth peacekeeper, also an American, was seriously injured.
The soldiers killed on Saturday were identified as:
- Captain Seth Vernon Vandecamp, 31, is from Katy, Texas
- Ranking Officer 3 Dallas Girl Garza, 34, is from Fayetteville, North Carolina
- 2nd NCO Marwan Sameh Ghabbour, 27, of Marlborough, Massachusetts
- Sgt. Kyle Robert Mackie, 35, from Painesville, Ohio
- Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, from Watsika, Illinois
The multinational force and observers said that a French peacekeeper and a Czech soldier were also killed. The names of the dead were not released, pending notification of their families.
The accident is under investigation, but it appears that it may have had something to do with a mechanical problem, according to the military.
On Thursday, the force said, “A full investigation has been opened into the cause of the crash, which appears to be mechanical in nature” and thanked Egypt and Israel for their cooperation. The multinational force and observers had said earlier that eight people, including six Americans, had died, but that it later revised its numbers down.
The multinational force said the helicopter crashed during a routine mission near Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular Egyptian resort on the Red Sea. It did not mention the exact location of the crash, nor whether the helicopter fell to the ground or crashed into the sea.