Nine US servicemembers were killed after two helicopters with the 101st Airborne Division crashed in southwestern Kentucky on Wednesday, according to a US Army official. The source said there were no survivors.
The two HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters crashed around 10 p.m. Wednesday in Trigg County near the Tennessee border, officials at nearby Fort Campbell previously said.
Fort Campbell is expected to have a news conference at 10 a.m. ET.
Crewmembers were flying â€œduring a routine training mission when the incident occurred,â€ the base said in a statement on Facebook.
Gov. Andy Beshear will travel to Fort Campbell to â€œsupport our troops and their families,â€ he said in a Thursday morning tweet.
Kentucky State Police got the call around 10:15 p.m. and rushed to an area with a field and woods, State Police Post 1 spokesperson Trooper Sarah Burgess said, adding â€œnumerous agenciesâ€ were assisting.
Fort Campbell personnel are â€œfocused on caring for the servicemembers and their families,â€ its statement said.
â€œI am devastated to learn about the Army helicopter accident over Kentucky involving our brave 101st Airborne,â€ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement on Twitter. â€œMy team is in contact with the Army and authorities on the ground. Please pray for our servicemembers and their families as we learn more.â€
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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