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1 killed in Army helicopter 'hard landing' in Ga. (Savannah, Night Stalkers)
AP ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 | RUSS BYNUM

Posted on 01/16/2014 1:51:29 PM PST by xzins

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, a military spokesman said Thursday.

The MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was returning from a routine training flight when it made a "hard landing" just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on or near the airstrip at the base in coastal Georgia, said Army Maj. Allen Hill, a spokesman for the crew's aviation unit.

The three-man crew was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which trains soldiers to fly helicopters behind enemy lines under cover of darkness. Nicknamed the Night Stalkers, the unit was responsible for flying Navy SEALs into Pakistan during the 2010 raid in which Osama Bin Laden was killed. The 160th regiment is headquartered at Fort Campbell, Ky., but has a battalion stationed in Savannah.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 160th; blackhawk; blackhelicopters; fallen; hunterarmyairfield; nightstalkers; savannah; training; usarmy

1 posted on 01/16/2014 1:51:29 PM PST by xzins
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To: All; smoothsailing; 4woodenboats; Girlene; bigheadfred

Night Stalkers Don’t Quit!

Rest in Peace.

Those who keep us safe in a dark world.

These are career soldiers, the ones the likes of Paul Ryan has attacked and stolen from.

Bin Laden and around the world, but they are disrespected by their government.


2 posted on 01/16/2014 1:53:36 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Hard landing? More like a crash landing.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 1:54:38 PM PST by O6ret
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To: xzins

IIRC, hard landings by helicopters commonly result in compression injuries to the spine.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 2:06:12 PM PST by fso301
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To: xzins

Lot of helicopters been falling out of the sky as of late?


5 posted on 01/16/2014 2:17:51 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: xzins
attributed but unverified to Winston Churchill - "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

Around 1997 I visited with a former Boy Scout from my troop who was recently honorably discharged from the 82nd Airborne Div. He was about 22 years old. He told me about his "epiphany". He looked around 1 day on the PT field at all the paratroopers around him and realized that virtually every 1 over the age of 28 was limping. My mother's general practioner always asked about my father's health. Dad had served 3 years in the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War. Her GP remarked that virtually all of the paratrooper veterans he encountered were walking cripples. Thankfully, Dad did not suffer any jump injuries.

Even in peace time, military service is hazardous duty for those at the tip the spear. My heartfelt condolences to the surviving family members for the service of their kin.

6 posted on 01/16/2014 2:28:43 PM PST by MacNaughton
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To: MacNaughton

In certain circles, Motrin is known affectionately as, “Ranger candy.”


7 posted on 01/16/2014 2:32:31 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: MacNaughton
attributed but unverified to Winston Churchill - "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

It actually first appeared in an essay in the Washington Times in 1993 by Richard Grenier, who was paraphrasing George Orwell's opinion--the person to whom the quotation is most frequently attributed.

Source

8 posted on 01/16/2014 2:37:29 PM PST by The Grammarian
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To: xzins

RIP.

But for you overly euphemistic public relations and media types: if a ‘hard landing’ results in a fatality then it is called a CRASH.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 2:37:52 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: al baby; xzins
"Lot of helicopters been falling out of the sky as of late?"

There does seem to be an epidemic of helicopters crashing. We had one here in Knoxville back in Dec. A Delta Kiowah (National Guard). Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. Our's, was described as a "hard landing", also. A night training mission. It caught fire and was damaged beyond repair. I always worry about one crashing on my home as they are flying directly overhead several days a week (rural location - guess they're looking for pot or stills). The Army is talking about eliminating the Kiowas from their inventory.

10 posted on 01/16/2014 2:39:13 PM PST by TennesseeGirl (<i>Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.</i> - Edmund Burke 1790)
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To: O6ret
Hard landing? More like a crash landing.

FYI from the source:
"The difference is in a hard landing the pilot [has] more control, as opposed to a crash which would have been something more severe," said Army Maj. Allen Hill.

You may know that SOAR operators are a very aggressive group of aviators. Hill may not have intended his terminology to apply to fixed-wing events.

11 posted on 01/16/2014 2:40:49 PM PST by frog in a pot (We are all "frogs in a pot" now. How and when will we real Americans jump out?)
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To: xzins

Hooah


12 posted on 01/16/2014 2:44:33 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: xzins

I live about 1 mile from where this happened (close enough to hear the bugle calls, and the 6:30am playing of the “Rock of the Marne” with accompanying 105mm fire) and didn’t hear anything when this happened. My sister is about 1/4 of a mile. These guys fly over her house all the time.

Scary, scary thing! Prayers up!


13 posted on 01/16/2014 2:57:11 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: xzins

RIP


14 posted on 01/16/2014 2:57:18 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: WayneS

The fatality was after the fact. This morning when I heard about this on local radio, they didn’t say anything about fatalities, so, it was a hard landing.

They should now change the words now.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 2:59:44 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: fso301
IIRC, hard landings by helicopters commonly result in compression injuries to the spine.

Yes...yes they are.

16 posted on 01/16/2014 5:42:20 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: xzins

RIP.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 6:37:13 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: frog in a pot

Let’s see...one dead and two injured in a “hard landing”. How much more severe would it have had to be before it’s classified as a crash? Does everybody on board have to die first?


18 posted on 01/16/2014 8:22:19 PM PST by O6ret
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Active Duty ping.


19 posted on 01/16/2014 8:24:07 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: O6ret

It’s an automatic Class A Mishap with a fatality.


20 posted on 01/17/2014 5:35:00 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TADSLOS

It’s not a “Class A Mishap”, it’s a “Class A Accident” per the Army Accident Classification guide.


21 posted on 01/17/2014 3:02:40 PM PST by O6ret
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