'Aviation mishap' involving military helicopter ends with downed powerlines, brushfire

‘Aviation mishap’ involving military helicopter ends with downed powerlines, brushfire

(As originally published with correct information, Fri, September 29th 2023, 10:48 PM EDT; first article here)

BEVERLY, Wash. (TND) — A military helicopter went down in eastern Washington state on Friday afternoon in what’s being called “an aviation mishap,” as opposed to a crash or even a hard landing.

Two pilots were taken for medical evaluation, according to the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade.

They were doing a routine training exercise on board a U.S. Army AH-64E Apache helicopter assigned to 4-6 Air Cavalry Squadron when the incident happened.

The cause of it is under investigation.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports the chopper knocked down high-voltage powerlines. Some of it fell onto a road, closing it road for a time, and part of the lines also landed in the Columbia River.

'Aviation mishap' involving military helicopter ends with downed powerlines, brushfire
“Aviation mishap” involving military helicopter ends with downed powerlines, brushfire, Sept. 29, 2023. (Grant Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff’s deputies say the mishap sparked a brushfire, which is under control.

Grant Public Utility District crews are still working to get the high-voltage lines out of the river.

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