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Two killed in Idaho National Guard helicopter crash

An Idaho Army National Guard helicopter crashed Thursday night during a training mission, killing the two people aboard, the AP reports. The Apache combat helicopter crashed at approximately 7 p.m. about two miles south of the National Guard base at Gowen Field near the Boise International Airport. “The men and women of the Idaho National Guard are united in grief at the loss of two of our brothers in arms, who gave their lives while training to defend our nation,” Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler, commander of the Idaho National Guard, said in a statement. “Today, our thoughts and prayers are with their families.” Click below for a full report from the Associated Press. Gov. Butch Otter, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and congressmen Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson all issued statements this morning on the deaths.

This tragedy reminds us of the enormous sacrifice and great risk involved in military service,” Otter said. “I ask all Idahoans to join me in honoring these courageous citizen soldiers along with all those who have gone before them in defense of the liberties we hold so dear.” Labrador said, “Their sacrifice is a sober reminder of the price of freedom.” Risch said, “This once again reminds us of the dangers our dedicated servicemen and women face, at home and abroad, as they work hard to keep America safe.” Crapo said, “My thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and the entire Idaho National Guard community during this difficult time.” Simpson said, “Please keep these families and the men and women of the Idaho National Guard in your thoughts today.”

The two who were killed were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Stien P. Gearhart, 50, of Meridian; and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jon L. Hartway, 43, of Kuna. Both soldiers were assigned to the 1-183rd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Idaho Army National Guard, Gowen Field.

Helicopter that crashed carried two Idaho Fish & Game biologists, pilot; two dead

This morning’s helicopter crash in Kamiah involved two Idaho Fish & Game fisheries biologists and a pilot; two people died, and one of the biologists was hospitalized in Orofino. Identification of the victims is being withheld pending notification of the families. Fish & Game reported this afternoon that the crash apparently was caused by a mechanical malfunction; it occurred near the Fish & Game office in Kamiah. The biologists were taking salmon redd counts on the nearby Selway River; the helicopter belongs to a Clarkston, Wash. company that contracts services to Idaho Fish & Game.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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