Nine soldiers killed in Kentucky Black Hawk helicopter crash during nighttime training mission

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30th March 2023 – (Kentucky) Nine soldiers tragically lost their lives in a devastating crash involving two medical evacuation Black Hawk helicopters during a routine nighttime training mission over Kentucky. The accident occurred late on Wednesday in Trigg County, with the cause still unknown.

HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, operated by the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, were being flown by crew members using night-vision goggles when they crashed in a field. Army Brigadier General John Lubas, the division’s deputy commanding officer for operations, stated that it was unclear whether the two aircraft collided or not.

A team from Fort Rucker in Alabama will arrive to review data from the onboard computers, which are similar to black boxes in commercial aircraft. Lubas expressed his hope that this data will provide a better understanding of what happened.

One of the helicopters had five soldiers on board while the other had four, all using night-vision goggles. 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.

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The crash is one of the deadliest training accidents that the US military has seen in recent years. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth spoke at a Senate committee, where lawmakers expressed their condolences. She acknowledged that it was a tough moment for the US military’s largest service branch and thanked them for their comments, thoughts and prayers for the families of the soldiers who were killed in the crash.

The weather in the Fort Campbell area, which straddles the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, was clear with calm winds on Wednesday night, according to National Weather Service forecaster Marc Chenard. Fort Campbell, home to the 101st Airborne Division, is one of the largest military bases in the United States.