Nine US Army soldiers have been killed when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed during a training mission over Kentucky, according to authorities.
Four crew members were on one helicopter and five were on the other during the crash in the community of Cadiz in Trigg County late Wednesday, according to an Army spokesperson.
The aircraft were HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, operated by the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell along the Kentucky-Tennessee border they collided mid-aid and crash landed in a field near a residential area around 10pm (02:00 GMT), according to Brigadier General John Lubas, the 101st Airborne deputy commander. He said there were no injuries on the ground
Lubas said the crash occurred during routine night training, with crew wearing night-vision goggles. He said a specialised safety team was coming to the site to review the incident.