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1 Killed in Army Helicopter 'Hard Landing' in GA.

Jan. 16, 2014 1:45 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A military spokesman says one member of an elite Army helicopter unit is dead and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground while trying to land at a Savannah, Ga., airfield.

Maj. Allen Hill said Thursday that the MH-60 Black Hawk was returning from a routine training flight to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah when it made a "hard landing" late Wednesday on or near the airstrip. The names of the dead and injured soldiers were not immediately released.

The crew belongs to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which trains to fly helicopters behind enemy lines under cover of darkness. Also called the Night Stalkers, the unit has a battalion based in Savannah.

On Jan. 8, a Navy helicopter crashed about 18 miles off Virginia Beach, killing three aboard.

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sgtsirduck January 16 2014 at 7:34 PM

RIP was stationed at HAAF back in the 70.

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Harry January 16 2014 at 5:24 PM

My prayers go out to the families..

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Ramon January 16 2014 at 5:11 PM

saftey and constant maintenance: before, during and after operation of chopper, And may the Lord watch over these brave service members. Supervisor need to preech to their soldier constant maintenance again and again, till it becomes second mature to them.

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wbearl Ramon January 16 2014 at 6:38 PM

The Military actually has an over kill maintenance policy, but today due to budget cuts too much maintenance is deferred. The lions share of the maintenance budget goes to the front line units at the training facility sacrifice.

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toddpugz Ramon January 16 2014 at 6:43 PM

unfortunately, safety and maintenance budgets have been drastically cut so the takers can continue to get free stuff.

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juststeve35 January 16 2014 at 4:07 PM

Always a tragedy when one of our nation's front line warriors is taken from us...

Even worse when it occurs in a simple accident during peacetime.

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Bright Blessings January 16 2014 at 4:30 PM

Nothing man-made wants to fly, it has to be forced to fly.

Gravity wins again.

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Ramon January 16 2014 at 5:05 PM

pray for our soldiers

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dave1marine January 16 2014 at 4:46 PM

It's been a tragic week for military aviators both in country and out. R.I.P. and Semper Fi to all, as well as their families. If it weren't for them, I probably wouldn't be typing this right now.

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Dick January 16 2014 at 8:07 PM

Sorry guy's God bless

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LEONARD TULLY January 16 2014 at 4:53 PM

3 times a helo has crashed this year. whats happening? are the army bosses pushing the men to hard. it is a shame.

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RICHARD BONNET January 16 2014 at 3:57 PM

Very sad. Our Military deserves all the respect from our nation.

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