The 101st Airborne Division’s two helicopters crashed in southwest Kentucky, the Army said, without immediately saying how many members of the Air Assault team were killed or wounded. “Many casualties” were verified.
Here is an official tweet by the 101st Airborne Division which confirms two aircraft’s accident:
We can confirm two aircraft from the 101st were involved in an accident last night resulting in serveral casualties.
Right now the focus is on the Soldiers and their families who were involved. pic.twitter.com/eG5ndWVvbT
— 101st Airborne Div. (@101stAASLTDIV) March 30, 2023
According to representatives from neighboring Fort Campbell, two HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters crashed on Wednesday night at around 10 p.m. in Trigg County close to the Tennessee border.
The post on the base’s Facebook page states, “The status of the crew members remain unclear at this moment.” When the event happened, crew members were in the air “performing a regular training trip.”
Once emergency personnel arrived on the site, Gov. Andy Beshear said that fatalities were anticipated.
Beshear said on Twitter, “We’ve received some sad news out of Fort Campbell, with early indications of a chopper accident and deaths are likely.” “Pray for everyone who is impacted,”
Here is a tweet posted by Beshear on his official Twitter account:
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
After an “aircraft incident” in a remote region, members of the Kentucky State Police were supporting Fort Campbell officials, a spokeswoman said.
State Police Post 1 spokeswoman Trooper Sarah Burgess stated that “several agencies” were helping after state police received the report at around 10:15 p.m. and raced to a location with a field and woods.
She claimed there are no damaged residential areas.
According to a statement from Fort Campbell, staff workers are “focused on caring for the servicemembers and their families.”
There will be updates to this story as it develops.
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