2 National Guardsmen killed in Army helicopter crash in Mississippi

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This U.S. Marine Corps photo shows a U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter at the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii on Feb. 1.


Two Mississippi National Guardsmen were killed Friday in a military helicopter crash that remains under investigation, the Mississippi National Guard said in a news release.

The National Guard AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed during a “routine training flight” near Booneville, Mississippi around 2 p.m., according to the release.

One of the soldiers was assigned to the A Company 1-149 Aviation Regiment unit, and the second soldier was with the D Company 2-151 Lakota Medical Evacuation Unit, Mississippi National Guard, the guard said.

“Our primary concern at this time is to ensure that proper disaster assistance is administered to support surviving family members,” the Mississippi National Guard said in a statement. “We are grateful to the first responders and safety crews who are still working at the scene along with local authorities. As with all accidents, this incident will be investigated,” he said.

Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves said A post on X “Mississippi will always be grateful for their service, and we will never forget them.”

The crash is the latest fatal military aircraft crash in recent months.

Earlier this month, Five marines were killed Their helicopter, a CH-53E Super Stallion, crashed in a remote area of ​​Southern California during a training flight. In December, US Army leveled its entire fleet A V-22 Osprey aircraft after eight pilots died when a CV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Yakushima Island, Japan.

In April last year, two AH-64 Apache helicopters with the US Army's 1st Assault Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, killed three US soldiers and wounded one. collided After a training flight near Healy, Alaska. Last February, two Tennessee National Guardsmen were killed after their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed. Crashed during a training flight In North Alabama.

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