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1 killed in Army helicopter 'hard landing' in Ga.

One U.S. soldier was killed, and two others were injured late Wednesday when an Army helicopter made a "hard landing" during a training mission.

The incident, involving a MH-60 Black Hawk chopper attached to an elite Army helicopter unit, occurred at an airfield in Savannah, Ga.

Maj. Allen Hill said the Black Hawk was returning from a routine training flight to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah when it made a "hard landing" on or near the airstrip.

The names of the dead and injured soldiers were not immediately released. 

The crew belongs to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which trains to fly helicopters behind enemy lines under cover of darkness. Also called the Night Stalkers, the unit has a battalion based in Savannah.

The crash is the third fatal accident in little more than a week involving a U.S. military helicopter on a training mission.

Three sailors died Jan. 8 after their Navy Sea Dragon chopper went down in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.

Also on Jan. 8, A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in the coastal marshes of eastern England, killing all four crew members aboard.

— The Associated Press