Two soldiers were killed during a helicopter training routine at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. During initial reports of the story, the names of the two soldiers who lost their lives were not released. The cause for the crash is also currently under investigation.
On Twitter, Fort Campbell issued the following statement:
“At approximately 9:50 p.m. Friday, two Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash in the local training area on Fort Campbell.”
The post also linked to the following Facebook page for more information, which, in addition to including the above statement, also gave the following information:
“The names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification is complete.
The crew was conducting routine training at the time of the accident. There were no other casualties. Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services are on site and recovery operations are ongoing.
“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 accident is under investigation.”
According to The Courier-Journal, Brig. Gen. Todd Royar, the acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, offered the following statement of condolences:
“This is a day of sadness for Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Families during this difficult time.”
What do we know?
According to The Courier-Journal, the two soldiers who lost their lives were in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.
At the time of the news release, it was said that Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services were still at the scene of the crash.
As this story is developing. more information will be released as made available.