Two pilots dead after Army Apache Helicopter crash

Photo Credit: Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter prepares to depart Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on Jan 7, 2012. The Apache conducts distributed operations, precision strikes against relocatable targets, and provides armed reconnaissance when required in day, night, obscured battlefield and adverse weather conditions.

Last night an AH-64 Apache from Fort Campbell crashed in Montgomery County, Tennessee.

Fort Campbell spokesperson Maj. Allen Hill confirmed that the two-person helicopter of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade crashed during “routine training” 12 miles from Fort Campbell.

At 2:54 AM a source at Fort Campbell told Popular Military that the two pilots did not survive the crash.

According to the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry Buchanan, the Apache crashed into a river bottom and was on fire when first responders arrived.

According to our source the first responders used water to put out the fire when jet-fuel fires are supposed to be put out with a mixture of foam and water.

According to CNET, “In a real emergency, crews would be using a solution of water and 3 percent special foam known as aqueous film-forming foam designed to help put out jet fuel fires.”

Buchanan said they were able to put of the fire and there were about 30 to 40 emergency workers on the scene.

This crash is one of three Army helicopter crashes that have occurred during training in the last month.

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