Two United States Army helicopters
A night training mission crashes In Kentucky, after killing all nine soldiers on board, Brigadier General John Lubas announced this Thursday, March 30, in a press conference.
The aircraft, a variant of the Black Hawk designed for medical evacuations, was involved in a training exercise mission Wednesday night when the accident occurred, the official said.
The prince confirmed the orderthe deaths of all nine service members on the plane“All from the 11th Airborne Division, which is based at Fort Campbell in Kentucky,” he said.
There were five soldiers in one US Army helicopter and four in another.said Lubas, who is still working to identify all the dead and notify the families.
US Army helicopters, equipped to fly with pilots wearing night vision goggles, landed in an open field in front of a residential area, preventing any deaths or injuries on the ground, the commander said.
A survey team from the Army Aviation base in Alabama headed to Fort Campbell.
“We have a security team that comes … from Fort Rucker, Alabama, that specializes in aircraft security and these investigations specifically,” Lubas confirmed.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear mourned the loss of soldiers and praised those who responded in the crash.
“We’re going to do what we always do. We’re going to put our arms around these families. We’re going to be there with them not just for days, but for days, weeks, months and years to come.” he said.
“It just disappeared”
MSNBC quoted an acolyte who witnessed the incident.
“Two helicopters just disappeared from the sky. There was a big flash,” Nick Tomaszewski said, adding that another helicopter flew overhead about 30 minutes before the ambulances arrived.
There have been many crashes involving US military aircraft in recent years, including one involving a Black Hawk that killed two Tennessee National Guardsmen during a training flight in Alabama in February.
Four US Marines died during NATO exercises in Norway last year when their V-22B Osprey plane crashed, possibly after colliding with a mountain, investigators said.
And two US Navy pilots were rescued after their T-45C Goshawk plane crashed during a training exercise in a residential neighborhood near Fort Worth, Texas in 2021. The pilots ejected before the plane could crash.
The 101st Airborne Division is the only airborne assault division of the US Army, nicknamed the Screaming Eagles, raised in August 1942, and gained glory during the D-Day landings and the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
More recently, the division has seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan.