SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy helicopter hit several trees as it landed in Isle of Wight County on Wednesday, leaving a passenger with minor injuries, 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. As the pilot landed in an open field, the helicopter slid into the woodline, striking 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 back was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said
U.S. Navy Investigation and Security personnel have taken over the investigation, police said.
The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26′s MH-60S Seahawk was conducting routine operations when it made the hard landing and the cause will be investigated, Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Robert Myers said. The Norfolk-based squadron trains pilots and aircrewmen to employ the MH-60S worldwide in a variety of missions and fulfills secondary missions of theater security cooperation and U.S. 2nd Fleet operational support.
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