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POSTED: January 17, 2014 4:38 p.m.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – An Army Special Operations Aviation Soldier died in a helicopter accident Thursday on Hunter Army Air Field.

Capt. Clayton O. Carpenter, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) on Hunter, died after his MH-60M Blackhawk helicopter conducted a hard landing during routine military flight training.

Two others were injured in the incident.

Carpenter, 31, a native of Brooklyn, NY, and a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served as a special operations helicopter platoon leader.  He is survived by his parents Paul and Colette Carpenter of Cortland Manor, NY.

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is investigating the cause of this accident.



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