On November 12, six American service members, as well as one French and one Czech, were killed when a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter that was carrying them crashed on Tiran Island off the coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
The service members were part of the UN’s Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). The force was formed in 1979 to oversee the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
According to several media sources, one American service member survived crash and was medically evacuated from the accident scene.
“The Defense Department is deeply saddened by the loss of six U.S. and two partner nation service members in a helicopter crash in the Sinai Peninsula operating with the United Nations Multinational Force and Observers,” the U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said in a statement “I extend the Department’s condolences to the families, friends and teammates of these service members.”
An unnamed U.S. official told Fox News that mechanical failure is suspected as the cause of the crash. An investigation into the accident is currently underway.
This was the deadliest incident for the U.S. military this year. So far this year, only four American service members have been killed in Afghanistan.
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