A video showing the dramatic crash of an AH-64 Apache helicopter in Afghanistan surfaced online Thursday, and the military says it is investigating whether the pilot was attempting to "show off" to troops on the ground in the incident.
The video, shot on Feb. 6, shows the combat helicopter plunging down towards a coalition outpost before pulling into a steep ascent and regaining altitude. Some people on the ground scream and at least one laughs before the pilot appears to lose control over the base. The Apache then takes a hard dive towards the ground, skipping off the snowy surface near the outpost and heading into a violent spin before crashing in the distance.
A former military helicopter pilot told ABC News that the Apache pilot appears to be performing a "return to target" maneuver—a relatively standard move for experienced pilots where the helicopter swoops in low over a target, turns 180 degrees and swoops back down again.
No one was injured in the crash, as the two helicopter crew members walked away with only minor bruises.