Blackhawk Helicopter Crash at Fort Campbell

By Faye Higbee

Blackhawk crash- 4 soldiers were injured when a US Army Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter crashed during a training accident at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Tuesday.

Three people were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after the accident, another sent to a local hospital. Their identities are unknown at this time.

The incident occurred during a training exercise at around 11:07 a.m. local time. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The helicopter reportedly caught fire, and Fort Campbell Emergency services extinguished the blaze.  The 1st Brigade Combat team was in the area and assisted in extricating the soldiers.

According to the Leaf Chronicle,

Army Lt. Col. Chevelle Thomas confirmed that the incident involved one helicopter with four people on board when the “incident” happened 11:07 a.m.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokeswoman Tavia Smith said LifeFlight  transported two soldiers to the trauma unit of the Nashville hospital. An Air Evac helicopter also took another solider [sic] to Vanderbilt’s trauma center.

The fourth soldier was taken by ambulance to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon two of the 101st Airborne Division soldiers were in critical condition and one was in critical but stable condition, Smith said.

The Army was notifying family members and did not release the soldiers’ names or the nature of their injuries.