Апреля 24 2018

2 soldiers die after helicopter crash at Fort Campbell

Апреля 24 2018, 07:01 | Irvin Gilbert

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2 101st soldiers killed in helicopter crash at Fort Campbell

The crash is the latest in a series of similar incidents involving US military aircraft that began on Tuesday. In 2015, an Apache incident killed two. No other casualties were reported.

The crew was conducting a training mission when their AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed into the training area around 9:50 p.m. Friday, officials said. Gen. Todd Royar, acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, in a statement. Gen. Todd Royar. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Families during this hard time", he said. A two-year investigation found that important bearings in the $25 million machine failed, likely due to improper maintenance.

On Wednesday, a U.S. Air Force pilot using an travel Thunderbirds exhibition squad died when his F-16 fighter airplane crashed at Nevada. On Tuesday, four marines were killed when a CH 53E Super Stallion helicopter hit the ground near the El Centro region of California.

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In 2017, 37 service members were killed in aviation training accidents across the military - more than double the figure from 2016.

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