2 Elite FBI Agents Killed in Training

Members of Hostage Rescue Team died in accident involving helicopter

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 20, 2013 2:22 AM CDT | Updated May 20, 2013 7:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – The FBI is mourning two members of its elite Hostage Rescue Team who were killed in a helicopter training accident off the coast of Virginia. The agents—part of the team tasked with the most difficult and urgent missions in the US—were not killed by gunfire, an FBI spokeswoman says, but few other details on the deaths were released, the Washington Post reports. Both agents were married with young families.

"We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men," FBI Director Robert Mueller said. "Like all who serve on the Hostage Rescue Team, they accept the highest risk each and every day, when training and on operational missions, to keep our nation safe." Only two other agents have been killed in training accidents in the 30-year history of the team, which was created 30 years ago amid fears terrorists would strike the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

The Hostage Rescue Team is based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
The Hostage Rescue Team is based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
FBI Director Robert Mueller confers with an aide on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Two elite agents have died in a training accident.
FBI Director Robert Mueller confers with an aide on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Two elite agents have died in a training accident.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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