By John Ensor • 30 March 2023 • 14:17
Black Hawk helicopter. Credit: BG Stock72/Shutterstock.
Governor, Andy Beshear said, “We’ve got some tough news out of Fort Campbell, with early reports of a helicopter crash, and fatalities are expected.”
Situated on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, the base lies 60 miles northwest of Nashville, home to the elite 101st Airborne Regiment known as the ‘Screaming Eagles.’
A local eyewitness spoke to WKDZ Radio, “Two helicopters came over pretty low, and all of a sudden, as soon as they got over the house, something popped, a loud bang, and everything shut down all of a sudden.”
“So we jumped in the truck and got over here, and that’s what we found, two helicopters.”
Local media reported that nine people were feared to have been killed, which has now been confirmed by authorities.
A weather report confirmed that conditions at the time of the crash were clear with light to no wind.
In a statement the base announced, ‘The command is currently focused on caring for the service members and their families.’
In February 2023, a UH-60 Alpha-model Black Hawk helicopter flew entirely unmanned for the first time, controlled from Fort Campbell.
It is not clear if that program had anything to do with Thursday morning’s incident.
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