CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON ARMY HELICOPTER CRASH IN FLORIDA

March 12, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | CA-33) made the following statement in response to the news that 11 service members aboard an Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in waters off the Florida Panhandle two days ago are believed lost.

“I am saddened by the loss of seven Marines and four soldiers involved in a helicopter crash during a training exercise in Florida. A thorough investigation will be needed to determine the cause of the crash, but what we know already is that these service members represented the best of our military. The flight crew served multiple tours in Iraq and humanitarian missions here in the U.S., while the marines were part of the elite Special Operations Command. Their loss is our loss, and I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed. I hope those affected take solace in the fact that a grateful and indebted nation mourns with them.”