A tragic incident occurred at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on Wednesday night that left nine service members dead.
Two HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters reportedly crashed during a routine training exercise after they collided.
There are no survivors from the crash, as five people were in one helicopter and four were in the other, and everyone inside both helicopters perished, according to news reports.
Brigadier general John Lubas said that the servicemembers were participating in medical evacuation drills prior to the collision.
He further said that the identities of the 9 departed servicemembers wouldn’t be revealed until their next of kin are notified.
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Members of the Kentucky House and Senate took a moment of silence this morning to honor the nine servicemembers who died in the tragic accident.
Kentucky state Rep. Walker Thomas said that the servicemembers were a part of the Kentucky community and honored them in a speech.
Last month, two pilots from the Tennessee National Guard died after their Blackhawk helicopter crashed on an Alabama highway.
An investigation is still ongoing to determine what went wrong that led to the crash.
We’ve got some tough news out of Fort Campbell, with early reports of a helicopter crash and fatalities are expected. @kystatepolice, @KentuckyEM and local officials are responding. We will share more information as available. Please pray for all those affected.
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) March 30, 2023
A pair of U.S. Army helicopters crashed Wednesday night in southwestern Kentucky during a routine training mission with all nine service members on board reportedly killed.
AP reports the two HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, part of the 101st Airborne Division, came down around 10 p.m. in Trigg County, Kentucky, according to a statement from Fort Campbell.
The 101st Airborne confirmed the crash, saying on Twitter it resulted in “several casualties” but did not specify whether those were injuries or deaths.
“Right now our focus is on the Soldiers and their families who were involved,” it added.
The state’s governor, Andy Beshear, said it was “tough news” and that “fatalities are expected.”
Local news reports say the incident happened at about 21:35 local time and as many as nine people may have been killed.
The HH-60 is a variant of the Black Hawk helicopter designed to provide support for various military operations, including air assaults and medical evacuations, according to the army.
ABC News reports an Army official confirmed the death toll.