A sheriff’s office helicopter crashed near Charleston International Airport in South Carolina on Tuesday, forcing all commercial flights to be grounded.
According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, crews quickly responded to the helicopter crash.
“Commercial flights have been temporarily suspended at Charleston International Airport due to an ongoing incident. Travelers are asked to check in with their individual airlines before arriving at CHS for their flights. We will update social media channels as updates arise,” Charleston International Airport tweeted.
It is unclear if anyone was killed in the crash.
U.S. Central Command told American Military News in an email that the 22 service members suffered “injuries of various degrees.”
Central Command also said the troops are “receiving treatment for their injuries and 10 have been evacuated to higher care facilities outside of the CENTCOM AOR.”
The cause of the helicopter accident remains under active investigation; however, it was reported that no enemy fire was involved in the incident.
According to Stars and Stripes, the United States has roughly 900 service members in Syria as part of a joint effort with Kurdish fighters to guard against a resurgent Islamic State. In addition to its 900 service members, the United States also has roughly 170 contractors in Syria.
“Our partner forces continue to demonstrate the capability, capacity, and competence to maintain the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a press release earlier this month. “The Coalition continues to Advise, Assist, and Enable our partners to keep pressure on ISIS and prevent them from re-establishing any type of network or effective military effort.”
This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.