3 injured in Navy helicopter hard landing in Virginia

The incident is beneath investigation.

A Navy Seahawk helicopter skilled a hard landing close to Smithfield, Virginia, on Wednesday, and the three personnel aboard had been assessed to have non-life-threatening accidents, in accordance with the Navy.

“We can affirm {that a} Navy MH-60S helicopter skilled a hard landing in a discipline in the neighborhood of Smithfield, VA,” stated Lt. Cmdr. Robert Myers, a spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic.

Unlike a crash in which a helicopter hits the bottom after an uncontrolled descent, throughout a hard landing, a pilot maintains partial management of the plane because it lands at a better charge of velocity and power than normal.

Smithfield, Virginia, is situated in Isle of Wight County in the neighborhood of a number of giant Navy bases in the Norfolk space.

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“Initial info signifies that first responders are on scene and that three personnel are being assessed for non-life-threatening accidents,” Myers stated.

Images taken by Virginia State Police present the helicopter’s fuselage mendacity in a discipline and atop brush close to a tree line.

Earlier, a state police assertion stated officers had been responding to “a helicopter crash on the 12300 block of Oak Lane in Isle of Wight County. The name got here in at roughly 11:31 a.m. as we speak.”

Myers stated the incident is beneath investigation.

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