COLUMBIA, S.C., May 3 (UPI) -- The weekend crash of a military helicopter while taxiing at an air force base near Columbia, S.C., killed one pilot and injured a second, authorities said.
The State newspaper in Columbia reported the AH-64 Apache crashed during training at McEntire Joint Air National Guard Base Sunday afternoon.
Brig. Gen. Les Eisner identified the dead pilot Monday as 1st Lt. Jonathan Shively Jr., 33, of Jamestown, Columbia TV station WIS reported. Eisner said the second pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Roger Carpenter, 46, of Spartanburg, was hospitalized in stable condition.
The general said the accident occurred as the pilots, attached to the 116th Army Aviation group, were finishing a weekend of training, The State said.
"It has been many, many decades since we have had an AH-64 crash," Eisner said Sunday.
Operations at the base were shut down while it was determined what caused the aircraft to roll over while taxiing near a ramp. The investigation is expected to take a week to 10 days.