9 soldiers eliminated in Army helicopter training crash in Kentucky

9 soldiers killed in Army helicopter training crash in Kentucky

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Nine soldiers were eliminated after 2 U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters crashed throughout a training occurrence in Kentucky Wednesday night, authorities stated Thursday early morning.

The crash unfolded at around 10 p.m. regional time (11 p.m. ET) throughout training in Trigg County, to the west of the Army base Fort Campbell, the base stated in a declaration early Thursday.

All 9 were based at Fort Campbell in the 101 st AirborneDivision Their identities were not revealed, pending near relative notice.

John Lubas, with the 101 st Airborne Division, stated there were 5 and 4 individuals in each of the helicopters, which he referred to as “fairly typical.”

The crash unfolded as the 2 HH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation airplane were flying throughout the training workout, authorities stated.

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The Army has actually a released an airplane security group from Alabama who will get here later on Thursday and start an examination into the reason for the crash, Lubas stated. He stated he is enthusiastic detectives will have the ability to pull information from on-board computer systems, keeping in mind there’s something comparable to a black box on board that can shed more light on the crash.

“This is a truly tragic loss for our families, our division and Fort Campbell and our number one priority is caring for the families and the soldiers without our combat aviation brigade,” Lubas stated.

The 101 st Airborne Division, the only air attack department of the U.S. Army, had actually validated the helicopter mishap and numerous casualties in a tweet early Thursday early morning.

KentuckyGov Andy Beshear stated throughout a press conference Thursday: “We know a lot about loss in Kentucky, especially these last few years. We’re going to do what we always do. We’re going to wrap our arms around these families.”

Kentucky State Police were on the scene of the helicopter crash, in addition to military detectives and numerous other firms, the department stated in a press release early Thursday early morning.

Speaking with reporters after the crash, state cops stated the occurrence unfolded in a partly woody field location. They stated a boundary had actually been established around the particles field.

Nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles,” the 101 st Airborne Division was triggered onAug 16, 1942 and is based near Kentucky’s border with Tennessee.