A Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the Tennessee National Guard crashed in Alabama, killing two people.
“We have no survivors,” said investigator Brent Patterson. “We have a crime scene here. We taped it up.”
No one on the ground was injured, but the National Guard confirmed that two crew members were killed.
The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was on a training mission when it crashed and caught fire around 3 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
Video showed thick black smoke billowing from the scene on Madison County Highway 53, about 10 miles northwest of Huntsville.
soldiers from Alabama The law enforcement agency’s Highway Patrol and representatives from the local sheriff’s office were on scene.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of two Tennessee National Guard soldiers, our thoughts are with their families during this heartbreaking tragedy,” Brig. Gen. Warneros said.
“We ask Tennesseans to join us in supporting their families during this time of unimaginable grief.”
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The Black Hawk has been used by armed forces around the world for decades and is considered a reliable and adaptable aircraft.
It can carry up to 12 soldiers, while the US Army has more than 2,000 – but there have been other crashes recently.
In 2022, a Black Hawk helicopter collided with another helicopter while landing in white cloud conditions near a Utah ski resort. Fortunately no one was injured.
The year before, three Idaho Army National Guard pilots were killed when their Black Hawk plane crashed near Boise.
In 2020, two soldiers were killed and three were injured when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in Southern California.