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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 12:46pm

Army Identifies Soldier Killed In Helicopter Landing

Updated: 3 years ago.
Capt. Clayton O. Carpenter of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment died in a helicopter landing during a training flight at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. The regiment is home to the Army's best helicopter pilots. Known as the "Night Stalkers" for their skills flying with night-vision equipment and infrared devices, the pilots and crews of this elite unit excel in navigating through enemy territory and foul weather. (photo US Army)

The Army is identifying the soldier killed Wednesday at Hunter Army in Savannah as Capt. Clayton Carpenter, 31, a native of Brooklyn.

Army investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong in a fatal helicopter landing at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah Wednesday night.

Maj. Allen Hill is a spokesman for the elite Kentucky-based unit that suffered the loss.

He says the MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down during a routine training flight.

"Between their final approach and making it to the helipad, something happened and they had a hard landing, resulting in the death of one crew member and injury of two," Maj. Hill says. "I have not been given any information about how the aircraft made the hard landing or why. That's still part of the ongoing investigation at this time."

The injured were being treated at a Savannah hospital.

The soldiers belong to a unit, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as the Night Stalkers.

They fly helicopters behind enemy lines at night.

They are headquartered at Ft. Campbell, Ky., and have battalions in Georgia and Washington State.