Marines Killed in Training Accident, 9 Soldiers are Dead After Crash Involving 2 Black Hawk Helicopters – Death Cause
Marines Killed in Training Accident – An accident that occurred during training on Wednesday evening involving two Black Hawk helicopters that took off from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was one of the bloodiest in the history of the Army and resulted in the deaths of nine soldiers. At a press conference held on Thursday morning, the deputy commander of the 101st Airborne Division, Brig. Gen. John Lubas, stated that “this is a genuinely devastating loss for our families, our division, and Fort Campbell.
” Two Black Hawk helicopters belonging to the 101st Airborne Division were engaged in routine training in the southwestern region of Kentucky on Wednesday evening. The use of night vision, which is a typical practice for units to practice flying in limited visibility, was utilized by the pilots. According to the data provided by the National Weather Service, there was no dangerous weather. According to Lubas, it is unknown what caused the two Black Hawks to crash, but the pilots were able to safely land the aircraft in an open field, away from a nearby residential area.
There was not a single survivor among the soldiers who were aboard the two helicopters. The arrival of a team of investigators from the service to the scene of the incident is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. It is one of the deadliest days for the Army outside of active combat since the 1994 Green Ramp disaster, in which 24 soldiers died at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after an F-16 fighter jet collided with a C-130, with the wreckage hitting a C-141 and igniting jet fuel and ammunition next to a group of paratroopers.
The Green Ramp disaster was the deadliest day for the Army outside of active combat since the Green Ramp disaster. According to data collected by the Army Combat Readiness Center, which monitors the number of fatalities that occur during military training, an average of five troops have lost their lives in on-duty aircraft incidents each year since 2018. The majority of such mishaps were associated with Black Hawks, which are aircraft manufactured by the industry titan Lockheed Martin. In February, a crash involving a Black Hawk that occurred close to Huntsville, Alabama, claimed the lives of two senior warrant officers serving with the Tennessee Army National Guard.