For any aspiring attack helicopter pilots out there, view this YouTube footage as an example of how not to do it.
The video purports to be of an accident in eastern Afghanistan which was declared by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force on 6 February. If so, then its comment of the time – that “initial reports indicate there was no enemy activity in the area” – was never in doubt.
It’s testament to the Boeing AH-64 Apache’s robust design, also maybe to the presence of snow on the ground but most of all to pure sheer luck, that no-one died in the incident. The less said about the decision making and piloting skills of the US Army crew at the controls the better.