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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Korea Crash: No Penalty

WASHINGTON () -- The U.S. Army announced that no disciplinary action will be taken in the fatal downing of a U.S. helicopter in Korea last winter, even though its investigation found evidence of many lapses by the crew's commanders.


The case drew international attention when North Korea shot down the chopper and balked at returning the surviving pilot.


The co-pilot, David Hilemon, was killed when a North Korean missile brought down the aircraft Dec. 17, 1994. The pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Hall, was captured by the North Koreans and released two weeks later after tense negotiations.


The report said human error alone was to blame, but that no one should be penalized.