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3 injured in Navy helicopter crash in Virginia

The incident is under investigation.

A Navy Seahawk helicopter suffered a hard landing near Smithfield, Va. On Wednesday and all three personnel on board were assessed as having non-life threatening injuries, according to the Navy.

“We can confirm that a Navy MH-60S helicopter suffered a hard landing in a field near Smithfield, Va.,” Said Lt. Cmdr. Robert Myers, spokesperson for Naval Air Force Atlantic.

Unlike a crash in which a helicopter hits the ground after an uncontrolled descent, during a hard landing, a pilot maintains partial control of the aircraft as it lands at a higher speed and force than usual.

Smithfield, Virginia is located in the County of the Isle of Wight, close to several major naval bases in the Norfolk area.

“Initial information indicates that first responders are on the scene and that three staff members are being assessed for non-life threatening injuries,” Myers said.

Images taken by Virginia State Police show the helicopter’s fuselage lying in a field and on top of brush near a treeline.

Earlier, a state police statement said officers were responding to “a helicopter crash on the 12300 block of Oak Lane in County Isle of Wight. The call has arrived. around 11:31 today “.

Myers said the incident was under investigation.

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