A U.S. Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopter crashed at the local training area of their base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Friday (April 7) night, killing two soldiers, the 101st Airborne Division said in a statement.
The accident happened at about 9:50 p.m. local time Friday evening and involved two soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, the statement said.
The crew was conducting routine training when the accident occurred and there were no other casualties, it said. The cause of the accident is under investigation, the Army said. The Army has not released the names of the deceased pending notification of the next of kin.
“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 Ft. Campbell. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Families during this difficult time.”
The accident is the latest in a string of military air crashes in the last several days that have killed seven servicemembers.
On April 4, A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to its Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) during a routine aerial demonstration training flight, killing its pilot.
On April 3, an AV-8B Harrier II ground-attack aircraft from the U.S. Marines Corps (USMC) 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at Djibouti Ambouli International Airport. The pilot ejected and was evaluated and released by the expeditionary medical facility at Camp Lemonnier.
In a separate incident, a Marine CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter from the 26th MEU suffered structural damage during a landing at an approved exercise landing zone at Arta Beach, Djibouti. The aircrew were not injured during the landing and the helicopter has remained at the landing site pending additional assessment.
Both the Harrier and the CH-53 were participating in Exercise Alligator Dagger, a training exercise in international waters off the coast of Djibouti. The exercise was called off due to the crash.
In an unrelated incident on the same day, a USMC CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter crashed in the vicinity of Naval Air Facility El Centro, California during a routine training mission along the U.S.-Mexico border, killing four crew members.