Armed Forces News

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed earlier this year because the aircraft’s pilot misread navigation displays, an Air Force investigation has concluded. Four crewmembers and three pararescuemen died in the crash, which took place near Al Qaim Iraq, on March 15.
The pilot’s misinterpretation of his displays “caused the formation to overfly its destination,” the Air Force stated. “As a result, the aircraft descended into an unplanned location, striking a 3/8-inch diameter galvanized steel cable strung between two 341-foot high towers.”
The cable then got tangled in the helicopter’s main rotor, leading to the crash.
The Pave Hawk was attached to the 322ndAir Expedition Wing. The service’s Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board conducted the probe and wrote the report.