The Moody Air Force Base community is mourning the loss of six U.S. airmen, killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. They were taking part in a rescue mission as part as operation enduring freedom when their chopper went down.
We have been told that all six airmen killed in Sunday night's crash were based out of Moody Air Force Base.
Now, the names of the fallen airmen will not be released until all their families are notified. And even though these six people were killed when an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter like this one went down during a medical evacuation mission in a remote part of Afghanistan.
Base leaders say the fallen members of the 41st Rescue Suadron will be remembered as heroes.
"These people are unsung heroes because they do this day in, day out, and we should never underestimate the danger that they're in a foreign environment like Afghanistan,” says General John Folkerts.
At this time, it’s not believed that the deadly crash was caused by enemy forces, and officials say severe thunderstorms may have played a part.
And even though everyone involved in the military understands the dangers involved with their jobs, base leaders say incidents like this one are still difficult to deal with.
Crews at Moody say these Pavehawk helicopters are very reliable for the medical rescue missions the squadron uses them for.
An investigation is now underway to determine what went wrong.