LEONARDTOWN, Md. — One crew member was killed and two others were injured after a Black Hawk military helicopter crashed in St. Mary’s County, officials said.
A military statement said a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, with three crew members on board, crashed at 1:37 p.m. at the Breton Bay Golf Course during a training exercise.
One crew member was killed and two others were flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. One of the injured crew members is in serious condition and one is in critical condition.
None of the crew members were identified.
“We are deeply saddened by this loss within our community,” said Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. “Our condolences go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy, and our team is focused on supporting them during this difficult time.”
“About 1 o’clock we had a Black Hawk helicopter come over and he was kind of flying sideways, pretty low, and then as we got out on the deck watching it, he got treetop level and all of a sudden we saw the tail spin up and just spinning around and we heard him go down,” witness Mike Harvey, a golf professional at Breton Bay Golf Course.
Harvey said because of the course’s proximity to a river, people there usually see Navy and Marine Corps aircraft in the area.
“Very seldom do we see Army (aircraft),” Harvey said.
A military official later confirmed it came from the 12th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Davison Airfield, Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
Harvey said no one was out at the holes playing golf where the helicopter crashed.
The Maryland State Police sent two helicopters to help, WBAL News Radio 1090 AM reported. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Army are handling the incident.
This is the second military aircraft to go down in southern Maryland this month. An F-16 on a training mission went down in Clinton on April 5. The pilot ejected and was treated for minor injuries.
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