Two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters crashed about 10 p.m., March 29, 2023, in Kentucky – killing nine people
The HH-60 helicopters were assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) based at Fort Campbell, Ky. They were conducting a routine training mission. The crash occurred about 30 miles northwest of Fort Campbell in Trigg County, Kentucky.
At this time, the names of those killed are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Brig. Gen. John Lubas, 101st Airborne Division deputy commander, said the two helicopters landed in a field with and there were no injuries on the ground. One Black Hawk had five people on board, while the other had four.
During a March 30 news conference, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state would do everything they can to support the families.
“We’re going to do what we always do, we’re going to wrap our arms around these families, we’re going to be with them for the weeks and days to come,” Beshear said.
Members of the Kentucky Senate stood for a moment of silence before the start of business March 30, in honor of the crash victims.
“We do not know the extent of what has gone on, but I understand it is bad and there has been a substantial loss of life of our military,” Senate President Robert Stivers told the somber chamber.
A team of investigators is en route from Fort Rucker, Ala., the home of Army Aviation, to investigate the crash.
The Black Hawk, built by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has been in service with the U.S. military since 1979.