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Military helicopter down in Cumberland County

Posted March 24, 2011

— A military helicopter from Fort Bragg made an emergency landing near Linden on Thursday afternoon.

The OH-58D Kiowa helicopter landed in a field off N.C. Highway 217 shortly after 2 p.m.

Officials said the aircraft had a mechanical problem, and since it has only one engine, the crew immediately set it down.

The hard landing left the aircraft with a bent tail, but it was unclear if there was any other damage. Officials said neither of the two crew members was injured, but they were taken to Womack Army Hospital on post for evaluations.

"All we know right now is (the helicopter) had some mechanical issues," Fort Bragg spokesman Lt. Col. David Connolly said. "We'll get it thoroughly investigated to see what exactly happened."

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Paratroopers often train in Kiowas, which are used for reconnaissance, in the Linden area, and a man who lives nearby said the engine of the helicopter in Thursday's incident sounded different than the aircraft he's heard over his house in the past.

Connolly praised the two paratroopers for landing the helicopter in an area where it didn't pose a risk to anyone on the ground.


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  • confederateyankee Mar 25, 2011

    Paratroopers don't fly aircraft, they jump from them. They are completely different military occupations.

    Why do I suspect that low editorial standards have struck again?

  • Rolling Along Mar 24, 2011

    Not a Kiowa or chopper expert, but if he had a tranny failure it could lock the rotor and they would have to drop it hard. Saw that happen on a Chinook years ago, everybody walked away from that one too.

  • skinnygranny Mar 24, 2011

    Kadafi will be on TV in a few hours claiming he shot it down. :)


    "Had One Over torque Mishap At NTC In The Winds\Mountains, No Big Deal."

    Been years since I thought of the time I spent at NTC. Wow.

  • Call It Like I See It Mar 24, 2011

    What a detailed story...it's like a choose your own ending book.

  • mfarmer1 Mar 24, 2011

    I Flew A OH58 A\C Back 16 Years Ago

    Had One Over torque Mishap At NTC In The Winds\Mountains, No Big Deal.

    This One Looks Bad, If It was Engine Failure He Should Have Been Able To Land It With Auto Rotation With No Damage To The Air Frame.

  • hckyplyr72 Mar 24, 2011

    Yup madcoat1...they are scouts for Apaches.

  • queene01 Mar 24, 2011

    checked another news site-

    There were no reports of serious injuries, but officials said two people on board would be transported to Womack Army Medical Center as a precaution.

    Officials said the aircraft belongs to the 82nd Airborne Division.

  • hckyplyr72 Mar 24, 2011

    Thats a really hard landing for a OH-58D. The skids are bent outward or buried and the tail collapsed. Hopefully the crew didnt have any facial or back injuries. I really hope they are ok.

  • madcoat1 Mar 24, 2011

    It looks like a Bell OH-58D Kiowa that crashed. Built in the early 80's. Hope all onboard are o.k.