Army identifies service members killed in helicopter crash in Egypt


US Army officials on Saturday identified five US service members killed in the crash of a peacekeeper back hawk helicopter in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

He was identified as 31-year-old Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp of Katy, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Geralda Garza, 34, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Chief Warrant Officer 2, Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, of Marwan, Massachusetts; Staff Sergeant Kyle Robert McKee, 35, of Pendesville, Ohio; And Sergeant Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, of Wattsacca, Illinois.

Sen. Ted Cruz of R-Texas said in a statement Saturday that an additional service member remained in critical condition following Thursday’s accident. A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said the injured American was taken by helicopter to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday that a Frenchman and a Czech soldier were also killed. The Czech Defense Ministry confirmed that one of its service members was killed and the accident was blamed on a technical issue.

The helicopter was on a regular mission in the area around Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, when it went down, said multinational forces and observers, an independent international peace body that oversees the 40-year-old peace deal with Israel and Egypt Does.

The MFO consists of 1,154 military personnel from the US and 12 other countries, according to its website. President Donald Trump’s administration is assuring US involvement in the force.

Abigail williams has contributed.

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