Alaska airman among 4 dead in helicopter crash

RAINIER, Wash. — Four airmen, one from Alaska, were killed when two helicopters crashed at a Washington state base, the Army said Wednesday as investigators tried to determine the cause of the collision.

Army officials said the airmen were on a routine night training flight in two reconnaissance choppers when they crashed after 8 p.m. Monday in the southwest training area of the sprawling Joint Base Lewis-McChord, killing all four on board. An investigation into the cause of the accident by a team from Fort Rucker, Ala., began Wednesday.

Killed were Capt. Anne M. Montgomery, 25, of North Dakota; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Frank A. Buoniconti, 36, from Colorado; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph S. Satterfield, 32, from Alaska and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lucas Daniel Sigfrid, 32, of Alabama.

Satterfield served on active duty since September 1997 and has been at the Washington base since December 2009. He had assignments in Korea and at Fort Campbell, Ky., and deployed once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Satterfield had deployed twice — once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. His awards include the Air Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Aviator Badge.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is one of the largest bases in the country, with about 100,000 military and civilian personnel. In December 2006, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Fort Lewis crashed southeast of Seattle during a night training mission, killing all three aboard.

More

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:06

Fairbanks man accused of setting occupied vehicle on fire

FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers say they have arrested a Fairbanks man suspected of setting a vehicle on fire while people were inside the car.

Read more
Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:04

Snow closes Steese Highway; road impassible at summits

FAIRBANKS — Heavy snow has closed an interior Alaska Highway.

Read more
Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:02

Biologists begin moose count pilot study in Anchorage

ACNHORAGE — Alaska wildlife officials have begun a study to learn more about Anchorage’s urban moose population and the most efficient way to count the animals in the metropolitan area.

Read more
Mon, 02/27/2017 - 09:58

Officials readying for Eielson F-35s to spur housing crunch

FAIRBANKS — Officials in Alaska are preparing for a possible housing crunch in 2020 that is expected to coincide with an influx of service members tied to the two new F-35 squadrons coming to Eielson Air Force Base.

Read more
 

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING