In Memorium

Electronics Technician 1st Class Ryan DeKorte, 35, of Lubbock, Texas, died May 9th due to injuries sustained from a helicopter landing incident on the 5th of May, according to an announcement made by the Navy last Wednesday. He was assigned to an East Coast based Naval Special Warfare unit.

A United States Navy Seahawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. AP Photo/Andy Eames

The incident occurred during a training exercise at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia. A Navy official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, reported that the aircraft made a hard landing near DeKorte, who was on the ground at the time.

A “hard landing” generally means the aircraft struck the ground at a speed above the maximum descent rate for the aircraft. In the case of a helicopter, a hard landing may result in the rotor blades on the main rotor or tail rotor separating and striking those on the ground.

Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, said in a statement: