Casualties Reported After Army Helicopters Collide Over Kentucky

Two United States Army helicopters collided during a training mission over Kentucky on Wednesday night, causing casualties, the Army said.

The two HH-60 Black Hawk assault helicopters crashed into each other at about 10 p.m. during a routine training mission in Trigg County, an Army spokeswoman, Nondice L. Thurman, said in a statement early Thursday.

The helicopters were from the 101st Airborne Division, which is based at Fort Campbell and is the Army’s only air assault division. The division said on Twitter early Thursday that the accident had resulted in several casualties, but it did not elaborate. “Right now our focus is on the soldiers and their families,” it said.

Gov. Andy Beshear had said earlier on Twitter that fatalities were expected, and that the Kentucky State Police and the state’s Division of Emergency Management were responding to the accident.

Ms. Thurman, who works at Fort Campbell, a sprawling Army base along the Kentucky-Tennessee border, said that the crash was under investigation.

No other details about the crash, including the number of people aboard the helicopters, were immediately available. The weather in the Fort Campbell area early Thursday morning was fair: calm winds, a visibility of 10 miles and a temperature of 39 degrees.

The HH-60, a modified version of the Black Hawk helicopter, can be used for air assaults, medical evacuations and other purposes, according to the Army.

In 2018, seven servicemembers died when an HH-60 crashed in Iraq. A military investigation later found that, as a result of a pilot error, the helicopter had struck a steel cable strung horizontally between two buildings.

This is a developing story.

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