Saturday, July 20, 2024

Newest S-97 Raider helicopter makes hard landing in Palm Beach

A helicopter made a hard landing at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Palm Beach County Wednesday morning.

That was reported by

Local news photographs taken from a distance appear to show the compound helicopter prototype sitting on a runway with the landing gear retracted.


Sikorsky says two crew members on board the S-97 escaped a hard landing without injury.

The S-97 was in a hover during a test flight when the incident occurred, Sikorsky says.

An S-97 Raider helicopter was hovering during a test flight when the hard landing happened, according to a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin.

The aircraft is a next-generation light tactical prototype helicopter capable of carrying six troops and external weapons and is capable of flying at 10,000 feet in 95 heat, according to the Lockheed Martin website.

Two people were on board and neither was injured, Lockheed Martin said.

The incident is under investigation.

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