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The tragic loss of nine soldiers in a helicopter crash last week in Kentucky has been the focus of a thorough investigation. The military announced on Tuesday that the flight data recorders, commonly known as “black boxes” in civilian aircraft, were recovered from the two Army Black Hawk helicopters that crashed during a nighttime training exercise near Fort Campbell.
A U.S. Army aviation safety team from Fort Rucker, Alabama, was responsible for locating the recorders, which have been sent for further analysis. The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) released a statement expressing their gratitude for the team’s efforts and the dedication of all involved in the investigation.
Army officials stated that the pilots were using night-vision goggles during the exercise, and that the crash occurred while the helicopters were flying and not during a medical evacuation drill, according to Brig. Gen. John Lubas, the 101st Airborne deputy commander.
The soldiers’ remains have been transferred to Dover Air Force Base, where they will be attended to by the Joint Service Mortuary Affairs Office. The families of the fallen soldiers have been in our thoughts during this difficult time, and the military community will continue to honor their service and sacrifice.