Special ops soldier killed in copter’s ‘hard landing’ at Georgia airfield

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GEORGIA — A special operations soldier from an Airborne unit was killed when a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter made a “hard landing” during a training exercise at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, the military said.

Two other soldiers were injured late Wednesday and taken to a local hospital for treatment, a news release said.

The soldiers, none of whom were identified, were part of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, an Airborne division known as Night Stalkers.

Emergency personnel were on the scene Thursday afternoon, and an investigation into the landing was underway, the military said.

Originally formed from the 101st Airborne Division, the Night Stalkers regiment earned its name by “pioneering night-flying techniques,” according to the Fort Campbell, Kentucky, website, where the 101st is headquartered.