1 dead, 2 more hurt after Army he­li­copter crashes

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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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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