Losses and Aviation Safety

U.S. Army CH-47F destroyed after crash-landing in Afghanistan

Passengers and crew aboard the helicopter were injured when the CH-47F they were travelling in was destroyed during a “hard landing” in Afghanistan.

In the night between May 24 and 25, 2019 a U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook was completely destroyed after a crash-landing in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Passengers and crew aboard the helicopter were injured when the CH-47F they were travelling in was destroyed during a “hard landing” in Afghanistan, a US official said on May 25.

According to Colonel David Butler, a spokesman for US Forces Afghanistan, a CH-47F Chinook helicopter “hit the ground hard on the way to drop passengers off” during a mission in Helmand province.

Butler said the helicopter had been totally destroyed during the landing.

“Both Afghan and US personnel were injured but all are stable and expected to recover,” he pointed out.

“No hostile fire or enemy contact involved.”

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The CH-47F is an advanced multi-mission helicopter for the U.S. Army and international defense forces. It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.

The latest modernization initiative known as Chinook Block II is a testament to the robustness of the Chinook’s original design and its 55-year legacy of technological advancements.

The CH-47F Block II combines new technologies, including the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade, redesigned fuel tanks, a sturdier fuselage, and an improved drivetrain – all aimed at increasing lift capability. With these technological advancements, Chinook Block II will provide commonality across the fleet and keep the Chinook as a workhorse for decades to come.

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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