The United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division was met with tragedy late Wednesday evening when two of the iconic unit’s Blackhawk helicopters collided in the skies above Kentucky during training exercises.
The crash claimed nine lives, leaving Fort Campbell officials and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to confirm the tragedy.
Eyewitness accounts reported the two helicopters traveling low over residents’ homes when the crash occurred. It was a clear night, with light wind and no precipitation reported. The Fort Campbell statement noted a heavy focus on supporting affected servicemembers and their families, with an investigation launched for the cause of the accident quickly.
The national emblem of the Screaming Eagles Division has been in service since its activation in 1942, becoming the only air assault division in the Army. The crash was a heavy blow to the courageous members and their families. The outpouring of support from around the nation has shown in prayers for those lost and well wishes for those mourning the tragedy. The Army is providing resources and doing its best to aid those affected by the trauma of the crash.
Even with clear skies, the cause of the accident is unknown. Investigations are constantly in the works, with reports noting that the Army is hoping for answers soon.