Afghanistan Guardsmen hurt in copter landing Jackson-based Guardsmen hurt in copter landing
By PETE WICKHAM
A Tennessee Army National Guard helicopter from a unit based in Jackson made a hard landing during a mission in Afghanistan Saturday, injuring both crewmen.
The names of the soldiers, attached to Troop R, 4th Squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, were not released by TNG spokesman Randy Harris in Nashville on Sunday.
Harris said it "wasn't a life-threatening type of injury situation" with either crew member, and that they had been evacuated to Landstuhl Army Hospital in Germany.
"Until we can get more information, that's all we can say about their condition right now," Harris said. "We've got to get more information from people on the ground."
Harris said the incident was more of a "hard landing" than a crash.
"There was mechanical failure involved, and the chopper was totaled," Harris said.
Abby Little, a member of the 278th's Family Readiness Group, referred an inquiry to Harris.
The aircraft, an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, was escorting a Blackhawk transport chopper in an area outside the capital city of Kabul, Harris said.
It is the first such incident involving Troop R, Harris said.
The unit, comprised of about 40 personnel, was put on active duty in October for a period of up to 18 months. They first deployed Oct. 26 to Fort Hood, Texas, and have been in Afghanistan for approximately three months, Harris said.
Post by theman1990 on Jul 22, 2006 23:23:38 GMT -6
I had the misfortune of being the front seater in this crash. It seems that the article got nearly nothing right. Not sure what all is allowed to be revealed, but I am VERY lucky, to be alive, albeit missing my right hand. To the other AH guys here, if you can, get out of the habit of grabbing those handholds on the top of the canopy!!! You won't like the results when the main rotor system makes an uninvited trip through the cockpit!!
Hope all is well LT. You will be missed by all that flew with you. And yes the previous post about the crash is all wrong. Bottom line is that we (AH-64 drivers) must know our power limitations and how the aircraft operates in high/hot environments.
Yah this was the same unit, and Mr. Flanigan was our SP. I myself know only what I've heard about the crash he was in, but others here may know more.
ID, Thanks for the words... Life is well now that I'm in medical school. It's a shame the Army wouldn't even consider letting me fly again, yet the FAA checked me off.... C'est la vi! Hope all goes well for your guys (and ladies!)
On the Tim Flannigan crash-- I think his helmet came unplugged and they had lost commo or something of that nature. Bottom line was that he was ejected from the a/c. Front seater lived. Tim was a great man.
It's now many years later and you probably won't see this LT, but it's good to see you've found a new direction. I was on the crash investigation team for yours and Mr. Flanagans crashes. You are a lucky guy. Good thing the guy on the blackhawk new his stuff to get you fixed up and outa there. Good luck and God bless.