Army identifies Fort Bragg soldier killed in helicopter crash

mquillin@newsobserver.comMay 5, 2014 

A soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg who was involved in a helicopter training accident Saturday at Fort Bliss, Texas, has died from his injuries, and three other soldiers were injured in the crash, the Army said Monday.

Sgt. Dwight W. Burn, 27, of Barstow, Calif., died of injuries sustained when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter on which he was a crew member went down around 8:15 p.m. Saturday on Fort Bliss’ northern training area near Ororande, N.M.

The Army said Monday that the three injured soldiers are in stable condition, with two expected to be released by Tuesday evening. The third will remain hospitalized for observation.

The military said the surviving soldiers’ and their families had asked for privacy and that their names, injuries and hospital locations not be released.

Burn was a helicopter repairer in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, which uses the wings of Pegasus as its symbol.

“The loss of a Pegasus trooper weighs heavy on our hearts today, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends affected by this tremendous loss,” Col. Mike Musiol, commander of the 82nd CAB said in a statement. “We are committed to providing support to our soldiers and families during this difficult time.”

Burn graduated from high school in 2005, the Army said, and enlisted in the Army in May 2010. After advanced training at Fort Eustis, Va., he was assigned to Company B, 3rd General Support Aviation Brigade in the 82nd CAB.

Burn deployed to Afghanistan with the unit from September 2011 to September 2012.

His awards and decorations included the Air Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Aviation Badge.

The military said the accident happened while the unit was conducting high-altitude mountainous environment training at Fort Bliss. The crash is under investigation by the 82nd Airborne and the U.S. Army Readiness/Safety Center.

The teams’ report will not be released publicly, but used within the Department of Defense to prevent future accidents.

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