Pilots injured after helicopter makes hard landing in West Knoxville

Two people were injured when a National Guard helicopter made a hard landing in West Knoxville, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

It happened around 6:40 p.m. Friday at Carmichael near Yarnell Road.

Major General Max Haston says the two people on board were pilots and were on their way to a training exercise. They were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones told 10News the helicopter was an OH-58 stationed with the Tennessee National Guard.

The helicopter did catch fire briefly, Jones said. It was too damaged to fly again.

We spoke to some of the neighbors affected by the crash. One resident said he heard the crash happen.

"I heard an aircraft coming and then I heard a lot of loud noise and it sounded like something beating on the trees like the blades of an aircraft or something. So I jumped up and told my wife that something crashed back there," said Everett Posey.

The same type of helicopter was involved in a July 2011 crash during a training mission in Campbell County that killed the two pilots on board.


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