1 dead, 2 more hurt after Army helicopter crashes
LEONARDTOWN, MD. (AP) | A Blackhawk helicopter crashed onto a golf course in Maryland during a routine training flight Monday, killing one crew member and injuring two others, the Army said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, the U.S. Army Military District of Washington said in a statement Monday evening.
“We are deeply saddened by this loss within our community,” said Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. “Our condolences go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy, and our team is focused on supporting them during this difficult time.”
Three crew members were aboard the UH-60 Blackhawk. The Army said one person was in serious condition and one was in critical condition.
They were being treated at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
They were not identified, pending notification of relatives.
The aircraft was from the 12th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Davison Airfield, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Kevin Bowen, who works in the pro shop of the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club, said he saw the helicopter “flying kind of low” and then “saw it spinning” before it went down between the third and fourth holes of the course in Leonardtown, about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.
Dorothy Harper, who lives across the street from the golf course, said she saw the helicopter just before it crashed.
“I was outside in my front yard when I saw the helicopter come over right across the street from my house. I saw pieces actually falling off the helicopter,” she said.
Ms. Harper said she didn’t see smoke or flames, “just pieces falling out of the sky.”
Shortly after, emergency vehicles started rolling in, she said.
Army investigators were driving around the course in golf carts Monday evening, placing evidence markers near pieces of debris.
A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama, will be on site Tuesday to conduct the investigation, the Army’s statement said.
The incident comes less than two weeks after a military jet crashed in a wooded area just outside a suburban Washington neighborhood.
The pilot, who was on a training mission, ditched his jet. He was treated for minor injuries, and no one else was injured in that incident.
An Army UH-60 helicopter from Fort Belvoir, Virginia, crashed at the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, Maryland, Monday, killing one crew member and injuring two others, the Army reported afterwards.