UPDATE : Name of Deceased Crew Member Who Died in Black Hawk Training Flight Released

April 18, 2017
Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, 22

Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, 22

4/18/17 UPDATE – Official Military Press Release: One crew member died and two were injured when a UH-60 Black Hawk crashed during a routine training flight, April 17 at approximately 1:17 p.m., at Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, 22, a UH-60 crew chief assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion originally from Chapel Hill, Tennessee died at the scene.

Tomlin was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m., by a St. Mary’s County first responder.

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas, a pilot, and Capt. Terikazu Onoda, Charlie Company commander, were injured in the incident. Both are listed in critical condition at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

Both service members are assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion.

The crash site was secured shortly after the incident.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama arrived on site at 4:23 p.m., to begin the investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our soldiers, their families and friends,” said Col Amanda Azubuike, director of public affairs, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. “Our top priority is the health of our soldiers and ensuring that their family members are provided the support they need.”

“The families of the service members request that we respect their privacy during this challenging time,” said Azubuike.

We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

4/17/17 UPDATE – Official Military Press Release: On Monday, April 17th, 2017, one crew member died and two were injured as a result of a helicopter crash during a training exercise at approximately 1:37 p.m., at Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown.

The UH-60 Blackhawk is from the 12th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Davison Airfield, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. At the time of the incident, it was conducting a routine training flight.

Three crew members were on board. The two injured crew members, one in serious and one in critical condition, are at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Maryland. The names will be released upon notification of next-of-kin.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama will be at the site of the incident, Tuesday, April 18 to conduct the investigation.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss within our community,” said Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. “Our condolences go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy, and our team is focused on supporting them during this difficult time.”

We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

4/17/2017: On Monday, April 17th, 2017, at approximately 1:20 p.m., rescue personnel were dispatched to a reported aircraft crash at the Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown.

First responders arrived on scene to find an Army Uh-60 military helicopter crashed on the third hole of the golf course.

It was initially reported, one occupant self extricated himself, while two additional military personnel remained trapped. During an extensive extrication, One of the occupants was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

Emergency Services Command is coordinating with law enforcement and U.S. Military to control the scene.

The other two military personal are being  flown to an area trauma center.

Updates will be provided as they become available.


30 Responses to UPDATE : Name of Deceased Crew Member Who Died in Black Hawk Training Flight Released

  1. Sam on April 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I was watching the two copters when I saw the one on the left tilt to the left/port and disappear below the tree line.

    No one on the base was interested in what I saw.

    • TruthFinder on April 18, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Thats cause you probably lying :)

      • Mike on April 19, 2017 at 6:40 am

        Most likely..

    • Prettyflyforawhiteguy on April 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Because it’s not the Navy’s Investigation. It’s the Army’s.

  2. Jim on April 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I wonder if they were flying low and reckless like our police helicopters do? I swear these people are a real threat to public safety.

    • Anonymous on April 18, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Then go somewhere else. These people were training to defend our country and your sorry a$$…….

    • Fun2Fly! on April 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

      I hope you don’t look as stupid as you sound Jim! Not once have I ever seen our police aircraft flying reckless. Yes, I’ve seen them flying low and that’s something they do from time to time for a reason..I take it JIM that you have never sped down the road or you JIM have never changed lanes without using your turn signal or you JIM have never come to a complete stop at a stop sign before turning. You may need the services of the Police aircraft one day,JIM!

    • werwe on April 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Sounds like you are already assuming what happened rather than let things play out and be determined.

    • larry on April 18, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      No Jim they were not flying low and reckless.

    • Anonymous on April 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      No, they weren’t.

    • Bob Lob Law on April 19, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Successful troll is successful.

  3. Anonymous on April 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Kind of crazy that injury attorney ad follows crash pictures and insensitive!

  4. xMosquito on April 18, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Great, now bad Virginia drivers are coming by air

    • Joe on April 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

      sick, but funny and true.

    • AV8R on April 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      You’re an ass

  5. Dickie Johnson on April 18, 2017 at 7:42 am

    What a tragedy…. My thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their families.

  6. Anonymous on April 18, 2017 at 8:36 am

    My condolences to the families/friends of the injured and deceased. The only silver lining is they were able to come down in an area away from houses. They must have really been out of control though because there is a clearing less then 100 yards from the trees where they crashed. If the reports are correct and a piece fell off just before they went out of control then they either hit a bird with their prop or the maintenance crew has some explaining to do. The investigation will clear everything up and the 2 survivors should shed some light on the incident.

    • Bob Lob Law on April 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

      There’s a ton of speculation in this post, most of which is wrong.

      • Mike on April 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

        How would you know, troll? Get a life already ya waste of skin.. Pathetic..

        • Heather K. on April 19, 2017 at 10:29 am

          You’re following a “waste of skin” and “troll”, getting your knickers in a bunch. That’s exactly what a troll would want you to do….

      • Anonymous on April 19, 2017 at 9:07 am

        Are you speculating that most of this is wrong or were you there to see what happened? I guess you feel your speculation trumps the OP’s speculation. Either way I did not see anything in the OP’s post that said they were 100% sure any of that happened and like he said the investigation results will be the deciding factor.

        • Old Salty AFCM on April 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

          “If the reports are correct and a piece fell off just before they went out of control then they either hit a bird with their prop or the maintenance crew has some explaining to do.”

          You apparently missed this part of the OP’s comment. He made a statement laying blame on maintenance personnel, and that’s a serious charge in the military. That’s called speculation, and has no place in mishap investigations.

          • Anonymous on April 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

            I guess you missed the “IF”.

          • youre so annoying on April 21, 2017 at 1:07 am

            he really didnt place blame on anyone in particular he simply stated that if the reports are correct then they may have hit a bird or something with their prop or the maintenence crew has some explaining to do. Which may be the case or an educated theory, who are you to say someone may or may not be educated in flight or even trained with accidents? I dont think he was speculating, as opposed to simply saying what his idea was on possibilities of what happened? I dont think the poster meant any harm so dont speculate that he meant to be offensive or hurt someone, that has no place on this NEWS site. Speculation is a typical part of things being in the media.. what did you expect to read in the comments??

  7. Joe on April 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I can’t BELIEVE Jim’s comment. They-all of them-ARE FLYING FOR YOUR BENEFIT. Ever hear of a chopper crashing and killing citizens? Even if so, per ca-pita losses HAVE to be minuscule.

    You try it, before you criticize.. Until you put on the helmet fly the missions, you have NO standing.
    Once in my youth, I was in a helicopter that went down. The most horrifying few moments in my life, and men died.

    Before you relax that sphincter you have for a mouth, Jim, think about other’s sacrifices

    “those who can, do. Those who can’t, or are too afraid to, complain” It’s a way to make you feel less minimized by true contributors

    • Jamie tomlin on April 19, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      I dont know who jim is but this is jamie tomlin the uncle of the crew member that died. For one you dumb bastard you didnt know what kind of kid my nephew was but reckless was not it. He loved his job an what he did so the next time you want to open your suck of a mouth an bad mouth someone you might want to rethink that.

      • Anonymous on April 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        You tell him friend…. Jim is worthless………

  8. Anonymous on April 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    @Jim – what you perceive as reckless may not be anything close to reality. Aviation is far more regulated than anyone whose not a pilot could ever understand, especially the military. That said, there are still the bad apples when it comes to pilots, who take more risk than they are authorized to.

    From everything I have seen, it looks like this could be a very significant mechanical failure. Witness describing the aircraft as spinning, with parts falling off, a video shot of a large piece of the helicopter a significant distance away. If that’s the case, its a small miracle if anyone survives.

  9. sb on April 19, 2017 at 11:08 am

    They have put up the large American Flags up on almost all the utility poles from Bull Rd leading into Breton Bay for our Fallen/Injured Soldiers and for when they take the helo out.

  10. Anonymous on April 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you for your service to our country Jeremy!!

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