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article imageMilitary suspends flight crew that dropped candy in Phoenix

By Holly L. Walters     Nov 1, 2014 in Odd News
Phoenix - Some breaking news finds the Arizona National Guard confirming that a military helicopter caught on camera dropping candy was one of their own. The flight crew has been suspended pending a military investigation.
Containers of the sugary treats were dropped below from the military helicopter. However, the incident doesn’t have many residents of that Phoenix neighborhood and the Arizona National Guard very happy about it.
According to FOX 10, a military helicopter was seen dipping above a Phoenix neighborhood where the aircraft was seen by witnesses dropping off Halloween candy. After it happened, it turned out to be a real case of Halloween trick-or-treat for neighborhood residents; for some it may have been a surprise full of treats — for others, it was a scary trick.
Some neighbors informed reporters that they were alarmed at the packages that were dropped to the ground, with one of them saying that they were afraid that the packages may have been from a cartel. Arizona Central reported that some people in the neighborhood that saw the candy drop happen were quite alarmed. One resident said that, "When I came out it was nose down, and it was definitely military." Another said, "I didn't know if it was going to be a crash, or an attack, no clue.”
The Helicopter turned out to be a UH-60 Black Hawk that took off for a training mission in deer valley from the Papago Military Reservation. Somewhere before they reached their destination, the decision was made by the crew to fly over an Arcadia neighborhood and disperse candy close to 36th Street and Camelback Road Tuesday night.
The Arizona National Guard confirmed the Black Hawk was one of their own, and that they found out that the aircraft had flown over the neighborhood to drop off candy to a Halloween party. The Guard issued a statement that the flight being used for personal reasons to distribute the sweets was not sanctioned by them and broke protocol.
The Guard went on to say that, "The incident was not sanctioned by the Arizona National Guard and will be investigated further to ensure it does not occur again…The Arizona National Guard does not authorize nor condone the use of military aircraft or equipment for personal use."
The National Guard further indicated that they are not going to release the name of the crew of the helicopter in order for them to receive fair due process, but also said that they are suspended from any further flying while an investigation is conducted.
On Thursday video footage of small items being dropped from the helicopter was provided to military.
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