Two helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) crashed in southwestern Kentucky. The 101st said that there were “several casualties,” but they didn’t say how many crewmembers were hurt or killed.
Wednesday night around 10 p.m., two HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters crashed in Trigg County, according to a statement from nearby Fort Campbell.
When the accident happened, the crew was flying on a normal training mission. At this time, we don’t know what’s going on with the crew. “Right now, the command is focused on taking care of the service members and their families,” the base’s Facebook page says.
Gov. Andy Beshear said that first responders are on the scene and that it is likely that people will die. Trigg County is just north of the state line between Kentucky and Tennessee.
Beshear said on Twitter, “We’re getting bad news from Fort Campbell. Early reports say that a helicopter has crashed, and it’s likely that people have died.” “Please pray for everyone who is hurt.”
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
A spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police said that after an “aircraft incident” in a rural area, they were helping the people in charge at Fort Campbell.
Trooper Sarah Burgess, a spokesperson for Kentucky State Police Post 1, said that the agency was contacted around 10:15 p.m. local time and that help was coming from “a number of agencies.” Burgess said that the area was a field with some trees.
She said that the problem does not affect any places where people live.
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