Monday, April 17, 2017
Black Hawk military helicopter from Fort Belvoir crashes on St. Mary's County golf course - Charles D'Alberto
A military helicopter with three crew members on board made a hard landing Monday afternoon on a golf course in Leonardtown, Maryland.
One crew member was rushed to medical care.
The helicopter was based at Fort Belvoir, the Army installation in Northern Virginia.
The UH-60 Black Hawk landed hard about 1:50 p.m., Fort Belvoir officials said in a statement.
The helicopter landed hard at the Breton Bay Golf Course, near Society Hill Road, the St. Mary's County fire department said.
Kevin Bowen, who works in the pro shop of the golf course 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 golf course.
Fort Belvoir is home to the major 12th aviation battalion, housed at the base’s Davison Army Airfield. The 12th aviation battalion has more than a dozen H-60 helicopters. This battalion helps serve senior leaders of the U.S. Army and Defense Department.
Congressional sources say there are plans to budget $1.1 billion this year to buy 61 new UH-60s. According to National Guard Bureau, the Army Guard’s H-60 fleet is the oldest in the Army; more than half of the aircraft are 30 years old.
A fighter jet crashed in a wooded area near Joint Base Andrews in Maryland less than two weeks ago.
The pilot in that crash parachuted out of the F-16 after he had mechanical trouble and steered the aircraft away from a neighborhood. The D.C. Air National Guard F-16C fighter jet crashed April 5 in Clinton, Maryland, about 6 miles southwest of the military base that is home to Air Force One, base officials said. The pilot was on a routine training mission at the time. No one on the ground was hurt.
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