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Insane Video: AH-64 Apache Crash

by John Reed on March 21, 2012

Oh.My.God.

Watch this insane video of an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter perform an extremely low pass over a snow-covered U.S. outpost (some say it’s FOB Sharana in Paktika Province) in the mountains of Afghanistan before slamming onto the ground narrowly missing some troops, bouncing back into the air and spinning out of control for what looks like a few hundred feet before crashing. It’s damned intense.

Miraculously, no one was killed in the incident but criminal charges may be brought for such a reckless maneuver right over a U.S. base, according the video’s description on Liveleak.

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reader March 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Where is the "Dont like" button when you need one ..

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HopefulPilot March 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

I'm glad they are both Alive. I'll bet that was the biggest adrenaline rush that co-pilot has ever had. It was probably exhilarating, in retrospect. Kinda like getting thrown off a motorcycle (I can vouch), painful, but exhilarating once you realize what just happened. Lol you don't get demoted from crashing a bike usually.

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Bob June 25, 2013 at 1:26 am

I can hear the voice recording now.

"No. No no no. NONONONO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

*Silence*

"I need new pants"

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Vpanoptes March 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Well, we know what the pilot will be flying next……

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Passing By March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Cargo planes full of rubber dog**** out of hong kong?

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Kole March 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Classic

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UAVGeek March 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Let's face it, their names won't be the best in the Army, they gotta be doing it better and cleaner than the other guy.

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Mauler March 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I think even a desk might be out of his reach at this point.

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ragincajun March 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Told them not to let Biden behind the controls……

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DanS March 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Way to throw your career away.

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Dfens March 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

That's probably an easy maneuver at normal altitudes, but much harder in the thin air of that mountain pass.

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Mauler March 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Pilots get paid to be able to calculate that differential- this guy was def. not earning his paycheck.

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blight_ March 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Or this was not his first flight in-country? Though if it was, probably not much of an excuse…or an indicator someone needs more high-altitude flight training.

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Guest October 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Training is not the issue. Those pilots receive focused high altitude mountain training before they deploy. Poor discipline is the problem here and it is a leadership issue.

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Uranium238 March 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Oh man that was painful to watch. Poor Apache *crying*

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William C. March 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

That's one career down the drain. Hope a CH-47 or something can haul that out of there.

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RCDC March 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Send the Pilot home for retirement w/o pay.

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Benjamin March 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

if there was no enemy contact occuring then I would hope he would be facing a court-martial because what he did could have resulted in the deaths of others if after crashing the helicopter went in a different direction

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passingby March 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

Wow. I totally agree with you on this one. Well, actually I wouldn't be so lenient. I'd have them summarily executed.

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Prodozul March 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Wonder what happened

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Prodozul March 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Nevermind just read the last part of the article…

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jamFRIDGE March 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Anyone have a YouTube link?

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jamFRIDGE March 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Nevermind.
Wow! Someone’s been playing too much Xbox

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phil March 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm
jamFRIDGE March 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Much appreciated.

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Lance March 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Meet the newest Lakota Chopper pilot. LOL Showing off in combat is not needed at all.

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m167a1 March 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

not THAT, just charge him…. what are you some kind of monster?

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William C. March 22, 2012 at 2:59 am

What's wrong with the UH-72s?

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BAJ15 March 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

There are old pilots and bold pilots, but very few old, bold….

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Assbestos March 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

If the "target" you are returning to is a demotion, then maneuver accomplished.

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MaxwellSmart March 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Missed it by THAT much! ouch.

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Glynn628 March 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Missed those troopers by that much too.

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Updoppler March 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I'm not easily impressed by damn that video left an impression. Then again I think the Apache left an impression on the ground also.

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Tinman March 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

Ouch. Or, to quote "Oh.My.God."
But they are still alive, both of them. Wonder if the pilot wishes it otherwise though. lol

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Mike March 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm

If the wings are moving faster than the fusilage, it is a Helicopter, and, therefore inherently unstable in flight. I'd rather walk home…and, in some cases, I have…

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Sgt. Buffy March 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

Helicopters do not Fly. They Beat the air into submission. Or in this case, the ground.

Another one: Helicopters do not fly, they are so ugly that the ground repels them. See? The Helicopter was just making a point!

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TMB March 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

A Marine pilot once told me helicopters are nothing more than 50,000 loose and leaking parts and it is the pilot's job to keep them moving in the same direction.

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Sam March 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

How do idiots like this get into the military? Make them pay for that chopper 4 the rest of their lives!

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octopusmagnificens March 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Prince Harry would not have made ​​this mistake.

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Musson March 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

No. It's not very British.

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passingby March 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

Because Harry would never get into an Apache perhaps?

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octopusmagnificens March 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

No. Harry is piloting the Apache for the Army Air Corps.

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Davrod March 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

They love sticking the princes in choppers, helps them when they want to illegally use them to get to parties.

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asdf March 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

isnt he a tanker?

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tiger March 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Nope. He was just in the US last year training on AH-64's.

someonerandom March 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

hard to make that mistake when you are a CP/G not a pilot. He doesn't fly, he's a gunner.

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octopusmagnificens March 23, 2012 at 8:36 am

The Apache has dual flight control, is not true?

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Alex March 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

ABC news showed an edited version of this video. If you saw their version you would never know that there was some serious pilot stupidity involved .

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zxcxz March 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Could be he had trouble judging altitude. The ground is pretty featureless with all that snow, nad flying more or less into the sun.

Could also have lost an engine. We won't really know until after the investigation.

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ABZBA March 23, 2012 at 12:50 am

Regardless! was it really necessary to try and pull of this maneuver??? No! I don't think so…..That was just a Dumb A#@ at the controls. For the reason you stated meneuvers like this are risky enough when it is actually required. Why push your luck while putting fellow comrads at risk.

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maddog101 October 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm

only thing is, that's what an altimeter is for. he could see the altitude in front of him. plus the co pilot in front is supposed to watch that when flying in that terrain

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gary dowler March 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

pilot stupid error, no other excuse!!!

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navy259 March 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/v2/nr-sp/index-e… This is what Canadian Sea King pilot's get trained to do. Also future British King's.

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whaddadumass March 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm

can we get our $20M back?

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@MiddleAmericaMS April 3, 2012 at 2:21 am

Try $43 million.

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Mr.T March 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm

It looked like a scene from Airwolf until he crashed. Every kid can't be a star.

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UAVGeek March 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

The scene on the movie set with the MD500, that's what this reminded me of.

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txn March 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Hmmm, i suppose that 4.0 in Sports Fitness doesn't always translate well to aviation.

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Richard March 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

Ok it was stupid. But what I find impressive is how well she held up on the initial impact. They really are flying tanks.

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Sgt. Buffy March 22, 2012 at 9:12 am

I like your point, great aircraft, great helicopters.
This is why they are feared. Even if you throw the earth at them they'll just bounce off!

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Erick Borling March 22, 2012 at 5:14 am

While statistically likely pilot error, nevetheless a sad result of the man/machine mix. Glad no-one died; since the dishonored one will promulgate words of wisdom for the future, and regain his/her honor. Still, it's time to bring helicopter design into the 21st century so helicopter piloting needn't be so far out in the envelope of human capacity.

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Wildfly March 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

I'm guessing this was preceded with a …" Hey Ya'll, watch this ! "

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Musson March 22, 2012 at 8:50 am

Fly boys. God love 'em, they can be stupid.

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... March 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

Reaction from ground soldiers: Woah, WOOAH! AWESOME!! Holy SH***!

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Blackcat66 March 22, 2012 at 10:42 am

Saw some stupid things in 'Nam….but what was this guy trying to prove????

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Ben F March 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

This is what happens when they believe the chopper controls just like Battlefield 3.

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jamFRIDGE March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I’ve done that maneuver a hundred times!
…With an Xbox controller.

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Rick March 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

What do they do with a guy who fails at a frozen outpost? Moonbase Alpha?

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sam March 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

its sad to see my favorite aircraft destroyed in such a manner

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Vaporhead March 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

"Hold my beer and watch this…"

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warpuck March 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

lesson learned:
If you cant do that without the distraction of somebody firing at you, probably should not do it at that altitude and approach angle when some is. Problem is even if your are practicing you are expected to be betterer than close to perfect. This experienced crew probably wont experience any more Apache air time.

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jarhead March 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

You can only TIE the record for the lowest flyby, it cant' be beaten…

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Sgt_Buffy March 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

That's great Jarhead. That's going in my favorite quotes page.

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JimS March 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

A perfect execution of the maneuver know as the "career-ender".

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JackBlack March 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Stalling, kills pilots from 1901.
Sad thing is he could have left it just on the first idiotic near miss a building pass, but no he needed to do a second run.
He will lie to regret it for the rest of his life.

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joenowak March 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

I have seen some dumb maneuvers by Army pilots, but this one beats all.

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Guesto March 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

reminds me of another video I saw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW5Dxizy4ZE

Pilot: Think we can make it through there?
Gunner: Nope.
Pilot: Oh ye of little faith

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Muhammad Imran March 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

How come pilot is idiot !?! the manuver he made to save ground cabins and reduce his speed, the hundreds of Gs he suffered on crash!?! I m just wondering if he would have crashed it on some nearby hill slope to turn his crash into slide or roll. pilot's cage and strapings could have saved him. Also since every tom dick and harry is thinking to land on moon … can someone build the rotor shaft popable .. so pilot would just rlease the rotor crank on some uninhabitant area and some shuttle type shoot decends heli safely to ground !?!

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appachekid March 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

Anyone whos flown an appache knows just how difficult it is. And hundreds of hours in the sky and i damn sure can tell you that there was human ignorance involved in this. you never to a lateral turn in acceleration epsecially over your base idiot. Add to it the suns reflection off the snow and damn near the lack of a horizon to guide you due to the snow cover and you got yourself and accident. IDIOTS

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Matt March 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Thank God everyone survived/wasnt hit by a falling attack helicoptor…

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dahat March 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

The video "appears" to show what is called "lack of flight disipline". The US Army is intolerant of this behavior. Why? Too many aviators have blatently violated rules, resulting in accidents that kill and destroy equipment reducing combat effectiveness. The first Apaches cost $20M, the first Longbows were $46M, they are now $51M+. (I am US Army Master Aviator/Aviation Saftey Officer/ Aircraft Accident Investigator retired)

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Dee April 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

one guy was hit………..

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spudnutz April 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

That crash was most likely due to pilot error – many pilots fail to account for thin air in the mountains. A famous stunt pilot recently lost his life at a Colorado air show because of this oversight.

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Hickelbilly April 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Here Am I.

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maddog101 October 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Having flown and worked on apaches for 3 and 6 years so just by seeing that i can tell you that whoever was flying that should be get a court martial. this is so because 1: that was just showing off and endangering everyone around them 2: a maneuver that should've been done at 700 ft off the deck and not ******* 150-200 3: had the pilot(s) been thinking fast, they could've saved that had they let it roll in the snow and not tried to go vertical when your tires are that deep in the snow.

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Guest October 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Maddox. If your takeaway from that incident is that they were just a little too low, and the pilots didnt think fast enough, you need to turn in your wings now. Have a serious talk with your unit SP before its too late.

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John R. October 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

OK OK now on count of three pull the ejection handle WHHHHAAATTTT the #### this is a helicopter SIR! just kidding…LMAO!

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lt. Dan May 13, 2013 at 1:58 am

lol betcha he was hot-boxing the cockpit, and it made perfect sense at the time

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John June 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm
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ziv March 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

Cold air actually helps a bit, but not enough to make a difference at this altitude. I hate to see a pilot get jugged for demonstrating their aircrafts best attributes and their own skills, but if you destroy your aircraft you have destroyed your career, as well. But I hope there are no criminal charges filed, as the article indicates may be possible.
I wonder how many WWII aces would have been jugged for buzzing towns or flying under the Golden Gate Bridge, before they were sent overseas? The difference of course, is that they didn't crash.

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Guest October 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Oh, it was a Longow.

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Ross March 22, 2012 at 7:51 am

those things dont exactly cost peanuts ala second-hand car…thats millions of dollars of US government property that he just wrecklessly destroyed in an attempt to dick wave.

so i think criminal charges may not be entirely unreasonable.

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TMB March 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

If the pilot was joy-riding, then criminal charges are entirely appropriate. If he was conducting legitimate manuevers and lost control, then that is something else. Buzzing towns, airfields, and bridges has never been allowed because it's dangerous with little of use to show for it. It would help for us to be able to see what he was doing before making that first pass over the FOB.

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Dfens March 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

On the other hand, you can be pretty sure that pilot will never try that maneuver that close to the ground again. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the "one strike and your whole life is crap" philosophy. I want the best pilot flying the aircraft, not the one whose ass is so tight he can crap diamonds.

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