Stuck in a spiral, Black Hawk pilot Jay Pofcher yelled over the radio that his crew was in trouble.
He knew the UH60 Black Hawk’s tail rotor had failed, preventing him from straightening the aircraft for landing. The Black Hawk went into a rapid spin for three rotations, nearly disorienting Pofcher as he tried to regain control.
“I may have blurted, ‘loss of tail rotor’ over the air tower,” Pofcher said. “It happened so fast.”
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Army investigators have determined the death of a Mexican paratrooper during a training exercise at Fort Bragg last summer was accidental.
Arturo Godinez-Valenzuela, 31, of Cajeme, Sonora, in northwest Mexico, was killed during the training jump on Sicily Drop Zone on July 14. The paratrooper had become disconnected from his parachute, according to an Army investigation.
“A U.S. Army medic on the ground near the incident location stated Staff Sgt. Godinez-Valenzuela appeared to become disconnected from his parachute about 40 to 50 feet above the ground,” according to the investigation.
The investigation, obtained by The Fayetteville Observer through the federal Freedom of Information Act, includes witness statements and a sketch of the drop zone.
Officials from the Mexican Army and from the Mexican Embassy in Raleigh did not return requests for comment Monday.
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