Air crew suspended while military probes candy drop

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- The Arizona National Guard said it has suspended some air crew members from flying duties while it investigates an unauthorized candy drop in a Phoenix neighborhood.

The Arizona National Guard said crew members aboard one of its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters dropped candy at Halloween house party near 36th Street and Camelback Road on Tuesday.

Video footage of small items falling from a helicopter was provided to the military on Thursday.

"It flew right over our house, looped over our house twice, and it wasn't flying parallel," said Bill Phillips, who lives in the neighborhood. "It was just a little unnerving."

The helicopter took off from the Papago Park Military Reservation and was en route to a training mission in the Deer Valley Training Area.

"This incident was not sanctioned by the Arizona National Guard and will be investigated further to ensure it does not occur again," Army Brig. Gen. William Hall, the land component commander, said in a statement. "The Arizona National Guard does not authorize nor condone the use of military aircraft or equipment for personal use."

The Arizona National Guard is not releasing the names of the crew members in order to afford them fair due process.