Military helicopter crashes in southern Maryland

Military helicopter crashes in southern Maryland

One of three soldiers who were aboard an Army UH-60 Blackhawk that crashed in southern Maryland on Monday has been medevaced from the scene, according to officials.

The craft is out of Fort Belvoir, which is located in Fairfax, VA, approximately 40 miles from the crash site.

Two crew members were then airlifted from the scene, both to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Their names will be released once their families are notified, the Army said.

A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, based in Fort Rucker, Ala., will travel to Leonardtown Tuesday to investigate what caused the crash.

"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.

The crash of the Fort Belvoir helicopter took place at the Breton Bay Golf Course at about 2 p.m.in the afternoon in Leonardtown, Maryland, NBC Washington reports. The Washington Post reported that two have been medevaced, one more than the Army claim.

People gathered around the wreckage of a US Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in Maryland, April 17, 2017.

The UH-60 Blackhawk is an Army utility helicopter used in air assault, air cavalry and aero-medical evacuation units.

"You could just hear the rotors hitting trees", Harvey said of the landing.

"It started spinning. At first we thought it was doing tricks", she said.

"I was outside in my front yard when I saw the helicopter come over right across the street from my house".

The helicopter landed hard at the Breton Bay Golf Course, near Society Hill Road, the St. Mary's County fire department said. That pilot, who was on a routine training mission at the time, was able to eject himself from the D.C. Air National Guard F-16C fighter jet. No one on the ground was hurt.

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