The video is as short as it is dramatic. A helicopter flies low over a snowy outpost in Afghanistan, crashes onto the ground, flips and spins into the air once more before crashing down again.
Military news blog Stars and Stripes reports that International Security Assistance Force officials believe that the video shows a Feb. 6 crash of a U.S. Army AH-64 Apache gunship in the remote town of Marzak, Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are stationed to train the local police force in their battle against Taliban fighters. The video description on YouTube states that no one on the ground was killed and both pilots survived, but the military will investigate possible criminal charges.
It may be that remoteness led to the crash. David Axe writes in Wired that during his visit to Marzak, he saw Apache crews routinely buzzing low over the outpost “as a demonstration of American power . . . and as a morale boost for the isolated troops.”