A Black Hawk military helicopter of the U.S. Army in Zamosc, Poland, in 2022. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
On Friday, a training accident claimed the lives of five U.S. Army members when their MH-60 helicopter crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. The victims, all special operations soldiers, were involved in a routine air refueling mission near Cyprus, according to the U.S. European Command. Despite search and rescue efforts until Saturday, the mission was ultimately called off. The cause of the helicopter failure is under investigation, with no signs of hostile activity reported. The special operations team had recently been deployed to support potential evacuations amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. The identities of the deceased service members remain undisclosed pending notification of their families. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed condolences, emphasizing the sacrifice made by these individuals in serving the nation.