Tributes paid to Irishman killed in US chopper crash

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Liam Flynn (Pic US Marine Corps)
Liam Flynn (Pic US Marine Corps)

An Irish-born US Marine has been killed in a helicopter crash in which seven people lost their lives.

Liam Flynn, 34, died during the routine training exercise in Eglin, Florida.

Last night, Clane Parish Priest Fr Paul O'Boyle said the marine was "a very talented young man at all sports, particularly football and hurling."

"He was absolutely very happy in his life and his work, and he loved what he was doing. He was very committed to it," he said.

Of the seven people who were on board the Black Hawk Helicopter, authorities are still trying recover the bodies of two people.

It is believed that the UH-60 chopper hit water while travelling at high speed in very poor foggy conditions.

All of those who lost their lives in the crash were highly decorated veteran soldiers.

All of the men were members of the elite Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC),a force developed to carry out risky operations in extreme foreign locations.

An anonymous member of the unit, who served with the men in Afghanistan,said: "The only reason you find out that these guys were larger-than-life guys is because somebody else told you - because they damn sure wouldn’t be the ones to tell you.”