TIME Military

1 Killed in Army Helicopter Crash

Military spokesman says it was not a crash, as pilot still had some control

One person was killed and two injured after an Army helicopter struck the ground in a “hard landing” in Savannah Ga., a military spokesman said Thursday.

The MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was returning from a routine training flight when the helicopter hit the ground Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. Though the landing was fatal, it was not a “crash,” Allen Hill, a spokesman for the crew’s aviation unit said: “The difference is in a hard landing the pilot had more control, as opposed to a crash which would have been something more severe.”

The three-man crew was part of an aviation regiment nicknamed the Night Stalkers that trains soldiers to fly helicopters behind enemy lines in the dark. The unit was responsible for flying Navy SEALs into Pakistan for the 2010 raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bi Laden.

The army is still investigating what went wrong during the training flight late Wednesday.


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