Army IDs soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Egypt

Army IDs soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Egypt

The Army has identified the five American soldiers killed when their Black Hawk helicopter went down during a routine peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The Thursday crash took the lives of Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, of Katy, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, of Fayetteville, N.C.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, of Marlborough, Mass.; Staff Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee, 35, of Painesville, Ohio; and Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, of Watseka, Ill.

They were part of an international contingent that monitors the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement.

Vandekamp was a doctor assigned to a medical company, according to the Military Times.

A French peacekeeper and Czech officer also were killed, and a sixth American on the helicopter was injured and was evacuated to an Israeli hospital.

Initial reports said six Americans had died.

There were no signs of an attack and officials said Thursday the crash appeared to be caused by technical failure.

With Post wires

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