Savannah – Earlier this morning, I posted an update about a 3-160 SOAR helicopter that made a “hard landing” at Hunter AAF at 2324 last night. Since then, it has been reported in the local news that one crew member died and two other crew members were injured in the crash. At this time, names are being withheld pending next of kin notification. It was also stated in the WSAV report that a spokesman said that there was no known mechanical issue during the flight.”
Here are the latest local media news stories:
- WTOC – 1 killed, 2 injured in hard helicopter landing at HAAF
- WSAV – UPDATE: One Killed in Blackhawk Crash at HAAF
- Savannah Morning News – Army official: Hunter AAF Night Stalker killed in ‘hard landing’ in training
The runway at Hunter is still closed, so that means the airfield will be closed to fixed wing traffic but there has been rotary wing operation from the field throughout the day. The NOTAM still shows it to be closed from today through 31 January.
This is only third non-combat fatal crash I can remember involving an aircraft out of Hunter AAF. In 2004, there was an AH-64D crash on Fort Stewart and in 2006, there was a crash of a 3-160 SOAR MH-47E in Doerun, GA.
I grew up a military brat, around Sailors of the US Navy and Marines of the US Marine Corps, so my first thoughts are with the children of the crew, especially the deceased if he had any. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families, friends, and comrades of the crew. May God be with them during their time of grief and need.