The Apache chopper crash in Alaska kills three people.
The US military says that at least three troops were killed and one was hurt when an army Apache helicopter crashed in Alaska on Thursday.
The 11th Airborne Division said, “The crash happened when the two AH-64 Apache helicopters were returning to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks after training.”
The names of the troops who died in the incident were not made public until the next of kin had been notified. The helicopters were said to be from the Fort Wainwright-based 1st Attack Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment.
Major General Brian Eifler, who is in charge of the 11th Airborne Division, said in a statement, “This is an incredible loss for these soldiers’ families, their fellow soldiers, and the division.”
“Our hearts and prayers go out to their families, friends, and loved ones, and we will use all the army’s resources to help them,” he said.
The military said that two troops died in the crash, and a third soldier died on the way to the hospital.
The military also said that the wounded man was getting care at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Authorities are looking into what caused a helicopter to crash in Alaska near the town of Healy, which is about 80 miles southwest of Fort Wainwright.
Fort Wainwright is an Army base in Fairbanks that has been there since 1938. It is home to a number of units. The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the 25th Infantry Division are also a part of it.
The Army’s website says that the AH-64 has a team of two: a pilot and a co-pilot gunner.
In March, at least nine soldiers died when two Army Black Hawk helicopters crashed during a training drill west of Fort Campbell.