Army helicopter's 'hard landing' kills 1 soldier, injures 2 more

By Kyle Johnson,

A "hard landing" of a MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter late Wednesday night during an Army training mission resulted in the death of one soldier and injuries to two others.

The "hard landing" occurred at the Savannah, Ga. airfield, reports NBC News. The helicopter was on its way back from a routine training flight, Maj. Allen Hill said. He said it is not known whether the helicopter landed on the tarmac or the grass.

"They were on final approach," Hill said, according to The Associated Press. "Nothing seemed out of the ordinary." He also insisted that though there was a fatality and injuries, the incident was not a crash.

The major said that the difference is that the pilot did have control of the helicopter, while a crash "would have been something more severe."

The three men were part of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. This regiment is famous for training and flying soldiers behind enemy lines in the dark, which they successfully did in the 2010 mission that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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