9 Dead in Crash of 2 Army Helicopters

Army says Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Kentucky near Fort Campbell
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2023 5:32 AM CDT
Updated Mar 30, 2023 9:06 AM CDT
'Fatalities Expected' After Crash of 2 Army Helicopters
Emergency responders are seen near a site where two military helicopters crashed Wednesday night during a routine training mission in Trigg County, in southwestern Kentucky, on March 30, 2023.   (Brandon Smith/WSMV-TV via AP)

This story has been updated with new developments. Nine service members were killed Wednesday night when two HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters crashed during a routine training mission in Kentucky, an Army official tells ABC. The Army says the crash happened around 10pm local time in Trigg County in southwest Kentucky, near the Fort Campbell base on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, NBC reports. Base spokeswoman Nondice Thurman tells the New York Times that the two helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division crashed into each other. She said the crash is being investigated.

"The crash occurred in a field, some wooded area," Kentucky State Police Trooper Sarah Burgess said at a news briefing, per the AP. "At this time, there are no reports of residence damage." None of the service members survived the crash, the Times reports, per Army spokeswoman Dawn Grimes. "We’ve got some tough news out of Fort Campbell, with early reports of a helicopter crash and fatalities are expected," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted early Thursday. He later said he would be traveling to Fort Campbell "to support our troops and their families after last night’s tragic incident." Members of the Kentucky Senate stood for a moment of silence Thursday morning. (More Blackhawk helicopter stories.)

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