Insane Video: AH-64 Apache Crash


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.

54 Comments on "Insane Video: AH-64 Apache Crash"

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

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

  3. Told them not to let Biden behind the controls……

  4. Way to throw your career away.

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

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

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

  8. Send the Pilot home for retirement w/o pay.

  9. Wonder what happened

  10. Nevermind just read the last part of the article…

  11. Anyone have a YouTube link?

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

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

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

  15. Missed it by THAT much! ouch.

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

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

  19. Prince Harry would not have made ​​this mistake.

  20. 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 .

  21. 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.

  22. pilot stupid error, no other excuse!!!

  23.… This is what Canadian Sea King pilot's get trained to do. Also future British King's.

  24. can we get our $20M back?

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

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

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

  28. Erick Borling | March 22, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. "Hold my beer and watch this…"

  37. 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.

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

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

  40. 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.

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

  42. reminds me of another video I saw:

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

  43. Muhammad Imran | March 25, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply

    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 !?!

  44. 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

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

  46. 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)

  47. one guy was hit………..

  48. 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.

  49. Here Am I.

  50. 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.

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

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

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