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Two soldiers killed in helicopter crash at Fort Campbell

A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter takes off during joint forces combat search and rescue (CSAR) training at the Baumholder Major Training Area in Baumholder, Germany, Jan. 23, 2012 (DoD photo byAirman 1st Class Dillon Davis, U.S. Air Force/Released)
April 07, 2018

Two soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division were killed Friday night when an Army AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed during a training exercise at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Fort Campbell said in a statement.

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The crash occurred around 9:50 p.m. The names of the two soldiers will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification is complete.

Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services were on-site after the crash.

“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. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Families during this difficult time.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

This is the third fatal crash in the past week for the U.S. military.

On Tuesday, a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in California, killing four crew members. Also on Tuesday, a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier crashed during a takeoff in Djibouti. The pilot survived after ejecting.

On Wednesday, an Air Force Thunderbird pilot was killed when his F-16 crashed near Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.