US Army helicopter crashes near DC

Black Hawk helicopter crash Maryland golf courseNick Jaffurs/TwitterPeople gathered around the wreckage of a US Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in Maryland, April 17, 2017.

A US Army helicopter, reportedly a UH-60 Black Hawk, landed hard on the Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland, at 1:50 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

The helicopter was based at Fort Belvoir, an Army facility in Northern Virginia home to the 12th Aviation Battalion, which has more than a dozen Black Hawks, according to NBC Washington.

The incident took place in St. Mary’s County, 61 miles southeast of Washington, DC.

The helicopter went down with three crew members on board, one of whom was medically evacuated from the scene.

Maryland State Police were reportedly on the scene aiding the medical evacuation.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Davaughn Parker told The Washington Post that two state police medical evacuation helicopters were assisting the response.

The helicopter came down near the course’s third hole, said Kevin Bowman, who told WJLA Washington he was in the pro shop when the landing occurred.

“He was kind of flying sideways pretty low and then as we got out on the deck watching it, he kind of got treetop level and then all of a sudden you saw the tail spin up and then just start spinning around, and we heard him go down,” Mike Harvey, a PGA golf professional at the golf course, told WBAL radio.

Harvey said Navy and Marine Corps aircraft were a regular sight, but Army aircraft like the Black Hawk were less common.

“You could just hear the rotors hitting trees,” Harvey said of the landing. “There was no explosion or anything.”

Initial reports indicated that one of the crew members had died, but military officials denied that, according to Hope Hodge Seck of The 12th Aviation Battalion supports senior leaders from the Army and the Defence Department.

The conditions of the three people involved in the crash were not immediately clear.
— Nick Jaffurs (@NJaffurs) April 17, 2017

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