2 Army airmen killed in Kentucky helicopter crash

2 Army airmen killed in Kentucky helicopter crash

Two soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade were killed yesterday when their helicopter crashed during training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, base officials said.

The incident occurred around 9:50 p.m. Friday. The names of the soldiers have not been released pending notification of next of kin.

The crew was conducting routing training aboard an AH-64E Apache helicopter at the time of the incident. There were no other casualties.

"This is a day of sadness for Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne," said Brig. Gen. Todd Royar, acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this difficult time."

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The crash comes after a deadly period for the U.S. military. On March 14, two Navy aviators were killed when their F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed in Florida. The next day, seven airmen were killed when their HH-60 Pave Hawk went down in Iraq. On April 3, a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in California, killing all four on board. On April 4, a member of the Air Force Thunderbird's aerial demonstration team was killed while training in Nevada.


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Publish date : 2018-04-08 00:21:00
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