A devastating mid-air collision between two Army Blackhawk helicopters during a late-night training exercise in Kentucky resulted in the deaths of all nine soldiers on board. The incident occurred around 10 pm over Trigg County, involving two helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division, according to Fort Campbell officials.
During a press conference on Thursday, Brig. Gen. John Lubas, deputy commander of the division known as the “Screaming Eagles,” confirmed the tragic loss of the soldiers. He also stated that the HH-60 Blackhawks crashed in a field near a residential area, but no civilian injuries or damage to property were reported.
The identities of the deceased soldiers have not been released, as family notifications are still underway. Lubas emphasized that their top priority is supporting the soldiers’ families during this difficult time.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear visited the base, calling it “a tough and tragic day,” and pledged ongoing support for the bereaved families. Members of the Kentucky Senate also honored the victims of the crash by observing a moment of silence.
Witnesses at the scene described the helicopters flying low over local homes before colliding. Photos from the crash site showed a massive fireball as rescue teams arrived at the wrecked helicopters. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were reportedly clear, with little to no wind.
Nick Tomaszewski, a resident living approximately a mile from the scene, recounted seeing two helicopters flying over his house moments before the crash. He noted that while flyovers for training exercises are a daily occurrence, the helicopters usually do not fly so close together.
The cause of the collision is still being investigated. Brig. Gen. John Lubas emphasized the importance of understanding the factors that led to the crash to prevent similar incidents in the future.