WASHINGTON — A viral video of a helicopter crash in Afghanistan appears to be a real accident that occurred last month, according to ISAF officials.
The clip, making the rounds on YouTube and other video sharing sites this week, reportedly shows an AH-64 Army helicopter slamming into the ground after executing a steep turn. ISAF officials said Wednesday they believe the video shows a crash which occurred in Paktika province on Feb. 6, although they are still investigating who filmed and posted the clip.
In a statement, officials said that at the time of the incident, two helicopters were conducting overwatch for patrols picking up air-dropped supplies. One helicopter went down.
“Fortunately, no one on the ground was injured, and the members of the air crew survived,” the statement said. “U.S. Army officials are conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.”
Online posters said that the pilots may be facing criminal charges, but military officials would not confirm that.