YONKERS - An Army pilot from Westchester was killed during a routine training mission in Georgia Wednesday.
Capt. Clayton Carpenter, 31, flew with the elite 160th Special Operations Air Regiment, a group of highly-trained helicopter pilots who fly Army Green Berets and Navy SEALS on dangerous missions deep behind enemy lines under the cover of darkness.
Army officials say Carpenter was at the controls of an MH 60 Blackhawk helicopter when it made a hard landing at Hunter Army Airfield, just outside of Savannah, Georgia. They say Carpenter was killed during the routine training mission. Two others were also injured as a result of the incident
Carpenter was a graduate of Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 2005. Officials say he was a platoon leader of the elite Night Stalkers Regiment and had been with the unit for the past year. Prior to that, he was stationed in Hawaii, where he also flew Blackhawk helicopters.
Carpenter is survived by his parents and his teenage brother, who reside in Cortlandt Manor.
The cause of the hard landing is unclear and under investigation.