The military was dealt a devastating blow. Americans’ hearts go out to the fallen.
Because nine American servicemen were lost in line of duty.
As members of the United States Armed Forces, America’s servicemen are tasked with defending this great nation.
They go through months of grueling training to prepare for anything our enemies throw at us.
No matter what, there is always a risk involved.
And unfortunately, America just learned that once again.
Two Army HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters collided in Kentucky on Wednesday night during a training exercise, killing nine military men.
There have been few facts provided concerning the crash, which occurred at 10:00 p.m. Local time difference between two helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division.
The accident occurred in Trigg County, near Fort Campbell.
“The crewmembers were flying two HH60 Blackhawk helicopters during a routine training mission when the incident occurred. The status of the crew members are unknown at this time,” the 101st Airborne Division announced in a statement.
“The command is currently focused on caring for the servicemembers and their families.”
The division first verified many “casualties,” but an Army officer subsequently informed ABC News that everyone on both helicopters had died.
“We’ve got some tough news out of Fort Campbell, with early reports of a helicopter crash and fatalities are expected. @kystatepolice, @KentuckyEM and local officials are responding. We will share more information as available. Please pray for all those affected,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on Twitter.
Beshear announced early Thursday morning that he would be traveling to Fort Campbell in response to the crash.
“This morning I will be traveling to Fort Campbell to support our troops and their families after last night’s tragic incident. More information will be released later this morning,” he said.
The crash occurred in the woods, according to Kentucky State Police. At 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Fort Campbell will hold a press conference. to share further facts about the occurrence.
Local resident Nick Tomaszewski told WSMV that he heard the accident after seeing the helicopters fly by.
“So it’s nothing out of the norm to see helicopters, we see them all the time, but tonight there were two that were coming kind of straight up over our house, headed straight northbound,” he said.
“I told my wife, ‘wow, those look really close tonight’ for whatever reason … about a minute later, they were coming across and there was a large explosion in the sky almost look like a firework went off. And then the entire tree line lit up.”
The nation mourns and prays for the families who lost their loved ones.
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