UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4125 times:
It was indeed a UH-60. From B company 4-101. I actually served in that battalion in the past.
CW2 Jonah D. McClellan [P]
CW3 Matthew G. Wagstaff [PC]
SSG Joshua D. Powell [CE]
SGT Marvin R. Calhoun Jr [G]
MAJ Robert F. Baldwin
LT Brendan J. Looney (USN SEAL)
SCPO D. Blake McLendon (USN)
PO2 Adam O. Smith (USN SEAL)
PO3 Denis C. Miranda (USN SEAL)
Particularly sad, since their sister company (C 4-101) lost an aircraft and a few soldiers, a few months ago. It was, I believe, the first M model to be written off.
Sand and dust is a problem when operating in and near dessert areas and increased maintenance is often required because of this. Sand and dust can clog vents and filters, causing equipment to over heat. It easily sticks onto greasy areas and can also cause erosion on rotating parts. All this may cause jamming or mechanical failures.
IMO, its a rare event that sand or dust leads to accidents this severe. I think its wise to wait for an official report determining the cause of the event.