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Michael Maltz - McKinley Rescue Pilot (?) - Killed in Afghanistan

April 2 2003 at 9:51 AM
roger  (no login)

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This got highlight in my searches by putting 2+2 together I believe that he must have been a helicopter pilot on McKinley but I can't find that absolutely 100%.

The recent crash of an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter near Ghazni, Afghanistan, in which all 6 air force personnel died, has been felt here in town.

On board was 42 year old Michael Maltz, nephew of Wellington resident Mary Hickey.

Michael was a paramedic with the "pararescue" arm of the Special Forces working to airlift injured people to the U.S. medical treatment facilities in Bagram.

At the time they were trying to evacuate two children.

Dust storms have been cited as the cause of the accident, which occurred on March 23.
Back in 1994, after summiting on Mt McKinley, Alaska, Michael and his companion rescued a group of German climbers who they found in trouble while making their descent.

He received a bravery award for this rescue.

Michael lived in Melbourne, Florida USA and leaves two sons, 16 and 14 years of age.

Articles on the accident

Note - I don't see any reference to Maltz specifically on the 1994 McKinley incident report:

Although there was this reference:
Hypothermia, helicopter evacuation: On May 19 German climbers Paul Laeremans and Ingred Baeyens required rescue while descending the West Buttress route near Windy Corner. They were caught in extremely poor weather and became hypothermic. The NPS helicopter rescued them from 12,500 feet and transported them to base camp.

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