USMC AH-1Z damaged after mishap in New Jersey

A US Marine Corps (USMC)-operated Bell AH-1Z Viper has sustained substantial damage after it crashed in a field following a mishap near Joint Base (JB) McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown, New Jersey, on January 6.

The attack helicopter involved was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 (HMLA-773) ‘Red Dogs’ – a component of Marine Corps Reserve command’s Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG-49) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). It was conducting a local sortie from its home base, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, when it suffered a mishap causing it to crash in a nearby field at approximately 1530hrs (local time).

USMC HMLA-773 AH-1Z Viper 21-07-21 [USMC/Lance Cpl Joshua Sechser]
A Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter assigned to HMLA-773 'Red Dogs' at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst conducts a sortie at sunset during a Fire Support Coordination Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms in California on July 21, 2021USMC/Lance Cpl Joshua Sechser

Taking to social media, the Marine Corps Reserve command confirmed that there were no fatalities, and no damage was caused to civilian infrastructure as a result of the incident. The service states that “two personnel were on board and were transferred to nearby medical facilities.” It added that the two crew members were in a stable condition.

This cause of this incident is currently under investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.