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Army IDs soldier killed in Ga. helicopter accident

By: The Associated Press
January 18, 2014 Updated: January 18, 2014 at 10:11 am
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Army has identified a soldier killed in a helicopter accident at a Georgia airfield as a 31-year-old special operations helicopter platoon leader.

The Army Special Operations Command says that Capt. Clayton O. Carpenter of Brooklyn, N.Y., died late Wednesday at the end of a training flight at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. He was aboard an MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that slammed into the ground while landing. The Army is investigating what went wrong.

Two crew members were injured. Army Maj. Allen Hill, a spokesman for the unit, said Saturday both are expected to make full recoveries.

All were members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which flies helicopters behind enemy lines under cover of darkness. Based at Fort Campbell, Ky., the unit has a battalion in Savannah.

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