Pegnitz
23.06.2021 - 14:09 Uhr
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37 Soldaten sterben auf dem Weg nach Grafenwöhr: US-Hubschrauber-Katastrophe rückt in den Fokus

Es ist das schwerste Unglück der US-Armee in Deutschland seit 1945: Beim Absturz eines Chinook-Helikopters in Pegnitz am 18. August 1971 starben 37 Soldaten. Zum 50. Jahrestag wird auch in Grafenwöhr an die Tragödie erinnert.

Ein Chinook der 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (Heeresfliegerbrigade) aus Katterbach landet auf dem Flugplatz in Pegnitz. Ein baugleiches Modell des als „Bananenhubschraubers“ bekannten mittelschweren US-Transporters ist vor 50 Jahren bei Pegnitz in der Luft zerbrochen – es starben 37 Soldaten. Ab Juli wird in Grafenwöhr an die Katastrophe erinnert.

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