Military helicopter crashes in Maryland

Other News Materials 17 April 2017 23:38 (UTC +04:00)
A military helicopter crashed in southern Maryland on Monday afternoon
Military helicopter crashes in Maryland

A military helicopter crashed in southern Maryland on Monday afternoon, authorities and witnesses said.

There was no immediate word about how many people were aboard or whether there were any fatalities.

Maryland State Police spokesman Sgt. Davaughn Parker said a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Leonardtown. The crash occurred just before 1:30 p.m., CBS Baltimore reports.

State police have sent two medevac helicopters to the scene to assist, Parker said.

Kevin Bowen, who works in the pro shop of the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, said he saw the helicopter “flying kind of low” and then “saw it spinning” before it went down between the third and fourth holes of the golf course.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jennifer Stone said authorities are still working to secure the scene. She didn’t have any further details.

Leonardtown is about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.

The incident comes less than two weeks after an F-16 fighter jet crashed in an unpopulated area near Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The pilot ejected safely before the jet went down about six miles southwest of JBA, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reported.

The F-16 in that crash was from the 113th Wing of the D.C. National Guard based at JBA, and the pilot was flying on a training mission when he crashed. The pilot sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and an official said there were no reports of injuries on the ground.