Libby Soldier Dies in Training Crash off VA Coast

By Beacon Staff

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Military officials have identified the soldier killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a Navy ship during training off the Virginia coast.

A statement by Fort Bragg on Sunday said 29-year-old Army Staff Sgt. James R. Stright of Libby, Mont., was killed Thursday night.

Stright was assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) headquartered at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

A Navy spokesman said service members were rappelling down a rope from the helicopter to the USNS Arctic when the helicopter crashed into the ship’s stern. The aircraft ended up on its side.

Stright is survived by his parents, Robert N. and Kathy Stright, of Libby, Mont.

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