On Wednesday night, two United States Army helicopters collided during a routine training mission near an Army base along the Kentucky-Tennessee border, resulting in the death of nine soldiers. The incident involved two HH-60 Black Hawk assault helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division, which is based at Fort Campbell and is the Army’s only air assault division. The crash occurred at about 10 p.m. in Trigg County, Ky., and was under investigation by the Army.
Brig. Gen. John Lubas, who held a news conference at Fort Campbell on Thursday, stated that the cause of the collision was yet to be determined, and there were no radio signals calling for help before the accident. He mentioned that the helicopters were equipped with flight recorders that would aid in the investigation. General Lubas confirmed that all nine soldiers on board the two helicopters were killed, and their families had not yet been informed.
In the news conference, Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky expressed his condolences and described the day as a tragic one for Kentucky and for Fort Campbell. He stated that freedom relies on those who are willing to serve, some of which pay the ultimate price.
According to the Army, a Black Hawk helicopter can transport an 11-person infantry squad, and the HH-60 model can be used for air assaults, medical evacuations, and other purposes. At the time of the collision, the weather in the Fort Campbell area was fair, with calm winds, visibility of 10 miles, and a temperature of 39 degrees.
Fort Campbell sits on 105,000 acres that include parts of Trigg and Christian Counties in Kentucky, and Montgomery and Stewart Counties in Tennessee.
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