US army Apache copter crashes, injures 2

Two US army soldiers were injured in a helicopter crash at the Fort Riley military base in Kansas earlier this week, the latest in a series of airborne mishaps among army aviators, local US media have reported.

The hospitalized soldiers were members of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, public affairs officer Lt. Col. Jefferson Grimes told Newsweek in a statement. They were flying an AH-64 Apache helicopter during the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade’s gunnery training when the incident occurred.

“The crew is receiving all necessary medical treatment,” Grimes told Newsweek. “They are in stable condition.”

The circumstances of the crash have not been announced yet. The incident remains under investigation.

Apache AH-64 helicopters require a two-person team in order to fly. One person flies the aircraft and the other operates the weapons systems.

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