On Wednesday night, two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters crashed during a training mission in Trigg County, Kentucky, officials said in a statement.
The Black Hawk helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division were on a “routine training mission” when they crashed at about 10 p.m. local time, Army officials said.
The crash has resulted “in several casualties,” officials from the 101st Airborne Division, which is also known as the “Screaming Eagles,” said on Twitter.
“The command is currently focused on caring for the servicemembers and their families,” Nondice Thurman, a spokesperson for the Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office, said in a statement.
In a statement, Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky stated that he had been informed of a helicopter crash and anticipated fatalities. He reported that the Kentucky State Police and Division of Emergency Management were on their way to the scene to provide assistance.
“We will share more information as available,” Gov. Andy. Beshear said. “Please pray for all those affected.”
Trigg County is about 25 miles northwest of Fort Campell, a military installation on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
According to Sarah Burgess, a spokesperson for the police, the debris was discovered by Kentucky State Police troopers in an area that could be described as either a field or a semi-wooded region. Although no residential buildings were reported to have been affected, individuals within the debris field were requested to vacate the region.
“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,” Burgess said.