Friday, April 12, 2024

Apache helicopter crashes during routine flight in Mississippi

Two Mississippi National Guardsmen on Friday were killed in a Mississippi National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopter crash near Booneville, MS.

The crash occurred during a routine training flight on Friday afternoon, the Mississippi National Guard said in a news release.

The Mississippi National Guard State Aviation Office reported the crash at approximately 2 p.m., stating that the helicopter went down in a wooded area. The fallen soldiers belonged to the A Company 1-149 Aviation Regiment Unit and the D Company 2-151 Lakota Medical Evacuation Unit of the Mississippi National Guard.

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“Our paramount concern at this time is to ensure proper casualty assistance is conducted to support the surviving family members,” said the Mississippi National Guard in a statement.

This tragic incident adds to a series of deadly military aviation accidents in recent months. Earlier this month, five Marines lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Southern California, while in December, eight airmen died in a CV-22 Osprey crash off the coast of Japan, prompting the grounding of the entire fleet.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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