2 pilots killed in Fort Campbell helicopter crash

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Two pilots flying an AH-64D Apache from Fort Campbell were killed when the helicopter crashed during a training exerciseWednesday.

Fort Campbell spokesman Maj. Allen Hill confirmed that the two-person helicopter of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade went down during “routine training” 12 miles south of Fort Campbell.

The helicopter was found in the rural Fredonia community of Montgomery County, Tenn.

Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department searched across the county before the crash site was found.

There has been no determination of the cause of the accident and it is under investigation by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

The names of the two pilots are being withheld pending notification of their families.

The crash is one of at least three Army helicopter crashes that have occurred during training in the last month.

Four crew members died when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed on the Fort Hood range, Army officials said early Nov. 24. Two U.S. pilots were killed Nov. 23 when a military helicopter crashed near Wonju, South Korea, during a routine training mission, the Pentagon said.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry Buchanan said the helicopter was found in a river bottom and was on fire when first responders arrived.

“We put the fire out,” said Buchanan. “There are about 30 to 40 emergency workers on site.”

A four-wheel drive mini-pumper that carries 400 gallons of water at a time was used to put out the fire.

Montgomery County responders pulled all but the mini-pumper, tanker and a crash truck with extrication tools late Wednesday and turned the investigation over to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Campbell.

The AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack helicopter that carries two crewmembers, according to Boeing, its manufacturer.

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