Five were aboard one aircraft and four were aboard the other, with pilots using night-vision equipment during a training exercise at the time, said Brig. Gen. John Lubas, the division’s deputy commander, during a news conference Thursday. Each helicopter typically flies with a pilot, a co-pilot and a crew chief, and can carry as many as 12 people.
The crash highlights the inherent dangers in military aviation, even in training exercises. Between 2013 and 2020, 224 U.S. troops were killed in aviation accidents, according to a report commissioned by Congress….
The Army has dispatched an aircraft safety team to understand what caused the crash, Lubas said.
There was no emergency message from the crews before the crash, according to Lubas. The Army will examine data from the computers of the helicopters to figure out what went wrong, he added.
The Army learned of the incident through nearby Army aircraft and first responders, Lubas said. A large number of first-responder teams rushed to the crash site, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, listing more than 10 separate police, fire, and medical emergency teams that went to the site.
The crash occurred in Trigg County, which is located in southeast Kentucky and near Fort Campbell, where the 101st Airborne division is based….
image…Moog, Inc….Marine Corps …Lance Cpl Alesis Moradian
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