Sgt. Dwight Burn (Army)
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A soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division’s combat aviation brigade was killed and three others injured in a helicopter accident Saturday, the Army announced Monday.
Sgt. Dwight Burn, 27, of Barstow, California, died from his injuries when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, on which he was a crew member, crashed about 8:15 p.m. at the northern training area near Orogrande, New Mexico.
The soldiers, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were conducting high altitude mountainous environment training at Fort Bliss, Texas.
The three injured soldiers are in stable condition; two of them are expected to be released from the hospital within the next 24 hours, officials said Monday evening.
It’s unknown when the third soldier might be able to go home.
The Army, citing privacy requests from the three soldiers and their families, is not releasing their names or injuries.
“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,” said Col. Mike Musiol, commander of the 82nd CAB, in a statement. “We are committed to providing support to our soldiers and families during this difficult time.”
Burn enlisted in the Army in 2010 as a CH-47 helicopter repairer. He deployed to Afghanistan from September 2011 to September 2012 with the 82nd CAB.
His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Army Aviation Badge.
The 82nd CAB was training at Fort Bliss at the time of the crash. The training, focused on high altitude and mountainous environment flying, was part of the unit's efforts to prepare its aviators for possible duty anywhere in the world as part of the Global Response Force and other potential missions.
The crash is still under investigation; it is being conducted by the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army Readiness/Safety Center.