Two Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crash at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

By Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
April 7, 2018 Updated: April 7, 2018

Two soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, died when their AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed on the night of April 6.

According to Army Times, the two soldiers were on a routine training mission at about 9:50 p.m. when they crashed. No one else was injured.

The soldiers’ names have not been released as next of kin have not yet been notified.

“This is a day of sadness for Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne,” said Brig. Gen. Todd Royar, acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this difficult time.”

This is the seventh aviation accident, and the sixth fatal crash to strike the military in the past four weeks.

Two Navy aviators were killed on March 14 when their F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed on a training flight in Florida.

On March 15 an HH-60 Pave Hawk transport helicopter crashed in western Iraq, killing seven airmen.

Two more crashes occurred on April 3.

In the first, a Marine Corp AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet crashed on takeoff in Djibouti. The pilot ejected from the plane before impact and survived the crash.

Another accident later that day claimed the lives of four marines, whose CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed during a training flight out of Miramar Air Station in California.

Finally, on April 4, a member of the Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic team fatally crashed in an F-16 near Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.



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