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Two Sikorsky HH-60 Black Hawks flown by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of the U.S. Army have crashed in Kentucky, killing all nine servicemembers on board the aircraft.
The aircraft crashed in Trigg County, about 20 miles northeast of Fort Campbell, where the 101st Division is headquartered.
Brig. Gen. John Lubas, deputy commander of the 101st Airborne Division, said the aircraft were performing a training mission on March 29 when the crash happened at about 10 p.m. local time.
“This was a training progression, and specifically they were flying a multi-ship formation, two ships under night vision goggles at night,” he told media during a briefing on the crash.
The U.S. Army has deployed an aircraft safety team from Fort Rucker, Alabama, to investigate the crash.
“[The safety team] will look at every possible contributing factor, and I think in a short time we’ll have a much better understanding of what may have contributed to this accident,” said Lubas.
When asked if the two medevac-configured aircraft had collided, he said, “At this point, we don’t know.”