Fort Bragg, NC Helicopter Crash, Mar 1985


Fort Bragg, N.C. (AP) -- A Blackhawk Helicopter, built to ferry weapons and soldiers to combat zones, crashed Wednesday while on a training mission at this Army base, killing all 12 people aboard, officials said.
"The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 12 crew and passengers were killed," said Lt. Col. Miguel Monteverde, and Army spokesman at the Pentagon.
Monteverde said the helicopter was being flown by a crew of three and was carrying nine soldiers attached to the 82nd Airborne.
The Army said the last crash of such a helicopter a new-model UH-60 Blackhawk, occurred Feb. 26 at Fort Campbell, Ky. No one was killed in that accident.
The crash occurred "in a rolling, sand hills area with brush and scrub pine," said Fort Bragg spokesman Maj. Douglas Frey. "It's one of several training areas on the post."
Frey said the crash occurred about 20 miles west of the main post, near the Nijmegen Drop Zone on the 200-square-mile Army base.
He said the helicopter was flying in formation with several other helicopters at the time of the 12:40 p.m. crash "and an accident investigation is already under way."
Frey said efforts to identify the victims had begun, but he said no names would be released pending notification of relatives.
Maj. Thomas Hogan, an Army spokesman at Fort Bragg, said the helicopter was flying out of Simmons Army Air Field at the base but said he could not confirm whether the aircraft and its crew were attached to the 82nd Airborne Division.
The Blackhawk is a twin-engine, single-rotor helicopter designed as a highly maneuverable, heavy-lift aircraft for ferrying troops or weapons to a combat zone.
The helicopter is described as "larger, more agile and clearly superior" to the UH-1 Huey, which it is replacing.
Four of the victims were crew members and the other eight were passengers, officials said.
Crew members killed in the accident were identified as:
Chief Warrant Officer 2 ARLINGTON INGALLS, 35, of New London, Conn.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 ROBERT Q. BUCHANAN, JR., 32, of Seattle.
Sgt. LUIS L. BACALLAO, 23, of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Pvt. 2 TROY G. PEASE, 19, of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Passengers killed in the wreck were identified as:
Sgt. ROBERT L. BROWN, 31, of Vale, N.C.
Staff Sgt. TIMOTHY S. WILLIAMS, 33, of Miami.
Spec. 5 MICHAEL T. PASERBA, 22, of Johnstown, Pa.
Spec. 4 SEBASTIAN CORRELRA III, 23, of Marlboro, Md.
Spec. 4 MACKIE G. CHISM, 21, Ridgely, Tenn.
Pfc. PAUL S. RESNICK, 19, Moorestown, N.J.
Pfc. RICHARD D. ZIMMERMAN, 20, Shavertown, Pa.
Pfc. IOANNIS BOUGAS, 19, New York City.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1985-03-14