Report: Crew faulted in Army chopper crash at A&M

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 2:03 PM

Investigators say the crew of an Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed at Texas A&M did not follow correct emergency procedures.

Two crew died and three were injured in the Jan. 12 crash during a training exercise.

A Texas Air National Guard investigative report issued in July was obtained by KBTX-TV under an open records request. The story was broadcast this week.

The report says the aircraft went into a spin after a control pedal became obstructed by a boot, but that didn't cause the crash.

The report says "the crew did not fully realize the situation" and "did not execute the proper emergency procedure."

Crew chief Sgt. Charles C. Mitts and 2nd Lt. Zachary Cook died in the crash.

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Information from: KBTX-TV, http://www.kbtx.com