Nine military personnel killed after two Army helicopters crash near Fort Campbell

The military vehicles were conducting a training exercise when they collided.

Two Army helicopters crashed Wednesday in Trigg County, Kentucky, near Fort Campbell. According to the base's own Facebook profile, the military vehicles, two HH60 Blackhawks of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were conducting a training exercise when, at around 22:00 h (local time), the two collided:

The base's director of public affairs, Brendalyn Carpenter-Player, spoke to Fox News and said the condition of the crew members who were in both aircraft is not yet known:

The crewmembers were flying two HH60 Blackhawk helicopters during a routine training mission when the incident occurred. The status of the crew members are unknown at this time. The command is currently focused on caring for the servicemembers and their families.

"Our number one priority is caring for the families"

In an appearance before the media, John Lubas, deputy commander for the 101st Airborne Division, confirmed that five people were flying in one of the helicopters and four in the other. He also explained the objective of the military division:

This is a truly tragic loss for our families, our division and Fort Campbell and our number one priority is caring for the families and the soldiers without our combat aviation brigade.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reiterated Commander Lubas’ words:

We know a lot about loss in Kentucky, especially these last few years. We’re going to do what we always do. We’re going to wrap our arms around these families.