Army identifies five American soldiers killed in Egypt helicopter crash

It did not release the names of the dead, pending notification of their families. 

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The incident is under investigation, but it appears it may have been related to a mechanical issue, according to the army. “A full investigation of the cause of the crash, which appears to be mechanical in nature, has been launched,” the force said on Thursday, thanking Egypt and Israel for their cooperation. Kyle Robert McKee, 35, from Painesville, OhioSgt. The MFO said a French peacekeeper and Czech member of the force were also killed. An eighth peacekeeper, also an American, was badly injured. The deceased soldiers were identified Saturday as: Capt. Kyle Robert McKee, Sgt. The incident occurred during a peacekeeping mission for the Multinational Force and Observers, an international force that monitors the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement. 

Seven peacekeepers, including five Americans, were killed when one of its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed during a routine mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, from Katy, TexasChief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, from Fayetteville, North CarolinaChief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, from Marlborough, MassachusettsStaff Sgt. Army identifies five American soldiers killed in Egypt helicopter crash

By Audrey McNamara

November 14, 2020 / 11:38 AM
/ CBS News

5 Americans killed in helicopter crash

5 Americans killed in helicopter crash

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The United States Army has identified the five American soldiers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt on Thursday. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, Staff Sgt. It has not given a precise location of the crash or said whether the helicopter fell on land or crashed into the sea. Jeremy Cain Sherman. First published on November 14, 2020 / 11:38 AM Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, from Watseka, Illinois

From left to right: Capt. The MFO previously said eight people, including six Americans, had died, but it later revised its numbers down.The MFO said the helicopter crashed during a routine mission near Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular Egyptian resort city on the Red Sea.