VIRGINIA: Navy helicopter hits trees during landing, 1 injured

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A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed into several trees as it landed in Isle of Wight County on Wednesday, leaving one passenger slightly injured, Virginia State Police said.

State police were called to a field in the Smithfield area around 11:30 a.m. to investigate, police said in a news release. When the pilot landed in an open field, the helicopter slid into the wooden line, hitting several trees and damaging the cockpit and landing skids, police said. There were three people on board. The two pilots were not injured, but a passenger in the rear was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Investigative and security personnel from the U.S. Navy have taken over the investigation, police said.

The 26th Maritime Combat Helicopter Squadron’s MH-60S Seahawk was conducting routine operations when it made the forced landing and the cause will be investigated, said Atlantic Naval Air Force spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Robert Myers said. The Norfolk-based squadron trains pilots and crewmembers to employ the MH-60S around the world in a variety of missions and fulfills secondary missions of theater security cooperation and operational support of the US 2nd Fleet.

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