An Apache Missile Drop

US Army Apache helicopterI am not in the Army. I know very little about helicopters. But I do know that dropping a missile, even a training missile, is a big no-no:

A US Army Apache helicopter accidentally dropped an inactive missile over central Texas, forcing dozens of homes to be evacuated, officials said Wednesday.

No one was injured in the incident in which residents in Killeen told police they saw an object falling from an AH-64 attack helicopter into a field late Tuesday, according to a statement from the army’s Fort Hood base near Killeen.

The cause of the incident was under investigation, said Colonel Howard Arey, III Corps aviation officer.

Everyone in the military makes mistakes and this could have been worse. As in: with a live missile. Let’s hope the Army aviators figured out the issue. And it does not happen again.