Military helicopter fireball crash horror killed nine servicemen

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    Nine military servicepeople have been killed in a horror multi-helicopter collision in Kentucky, US.

    Two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are understood to have hit each other in mid-air during a routine training mission, the US military has confirmed.

    The choppers were attached to the 101st Airborne Division, with the force confirming the crash took place around 30 miles northwest of Fort Campbell in Trigg County, Kentucky.

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    The incident is understood to have taken place at 10pm on Wednesday (March 29), leading to what was initially described as "multiple casualties".

    That initial post, from the 101st Division, said: “Right now our focus is on the Soldiers and their families who were involved".

    In a statement Nondice Thurman, a spokesperson for the Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office, said: "The command is currently focused on caring for the servicemembers and their families".

    Voices from figures in the area have chimed in with words of support for those affected.

    Andy Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, said: "Please pray for all those affected".

    Meanwhile, a moment's silence was heard by members of the Kentucky Senate spent a moment in silence in honour of the victims of the crash.

    A police spokesperson, Sarah Burgess, said the wreckages were found by police in a rural location and there have been reports of damage to residential buildings.

    She said: “I can't speak on behalf of the residents other than we are doing everything we can to assess the situation and make sure that our community is as safe as it can be. "

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    Local resident Nick Tomaszewski lives roughly a mile away from the crash site.

    He said: “For whatever reason, last night my wife and I were sitting there looking out on the back deck and I said 'Wow, those two helicopters look low and they look kind of close to one another tonight.’”

    After the helicopters p[assed they appeared to come back on themselves, at which point Tomaszewski said: “we saw what looked like a firework went off in the sky.

    “All of the lights in their helicopter went out. It was like they just poofed … and then we saw a huge glow like a fireball."

    He added: “There were two back-to-back. We typically see one and then see another one a few minutes later, and we just saw two of them flying together last night."


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