Investigation launched into downed National Guard helicopter in West Jordan

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) — A formal investigation will be launched into what caused the Utah National Guard helicopter to go down in West Jordan earlier this week.

The AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter crashed around 1:20 p.m. at South Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Feb. 12. Two pilots were onboard the helicopter at the time of the incident and were both taken to the hospital and listed in “stable condition.”

On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Chris Kroeber confirmed in a press release that one pilot was released from the hospital at around 6 p.m. The other pilot, who is from the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, remains in the hospital. Kroeber said that the pilot is still in stable condition and is talking with friends and families.

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The names and identities of both pilots have not been publicly released.

A team of incidents is expected to arrive in Utah from the Army’s Combat Readiness Center in Fort Novosel, Alabama this afternoon to start an investigation.

“These investigations may take up to 90 days to complete and the results will not be released publicly as a matter of Army policy,” said Kroeber via press release.

The helicopter, which belongs to the 1st Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, was being flown as part of a routine training mission jointly done with Army and other military branches, according to Kroeber. He said missions like the one flown on Monday help the military stay ready in joint and integrated warfare by improving communication and processes.

The Utah National Guard reportedly has a total of 18 AH-64D helicopters, which fly more than 3,000 hours per year. The battalion of Apache helicopters is one of four in the Army Natural Guard

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