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”28 Hawaii-based Soldiers Killed in Worst Accident Since 1968”

Hawaii residents are mourning the loss of 31 soldiers, 28 based in Hawaii, who died in a helicopter crash Wed., Jan. 26, 2005, in Iraq — reportedly the worst such military crash since 1968. A sandstorm, which are severe this time of year, may be the cause, although the crash is still under investigation.


Gov. Linda Lingle, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Hawaii’s congressional leaders offered their formal condolences to the families of the 31 marines and sailor who were on board.

Lingle says: