Three killed when U.S. Army helicopters collide in Alaska

The crash happened as the helicopters were returning from a training mission.

By Reuters - April 28, 2023
A U.S. Army AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter is pictured under northern lights at Fort Wainwright, Alaska on January 13, 2019. (Cameron Roxberry / U.S. Army)

Three U.S. Army pilots were killed and one was injured in Alaska on Thursday when two Apache helicopters returning from a training mission collided in flight, the 11th Airborne Division of the Army said.

Two soldiers were declared dead at the scene and a third died on the way to hospital, the army unit said in a statement. The injured soldier was being treated at Alaska’s Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

The accident will be investigated by a team from the Army Combat Readiness Center in Alabama, the Division said.

Last month, nine soldiers were killed in a crash of two medical evacuation Black Hawk helicopters during a routine night training mission over Kentucky.

Reporting by Sheena K Thomas and Akanksha Khushi in Bengaluru.

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