US ARMY Apache Crash Kills Two

FRANKFURT, Germany - A U.S. attack helicopter crashed on a training mission in southern Germany, killing two American soldiers, the U.S. Army said Wednesday.

In a brief statement, the 1st Armored Division said that the two soldiers were killed Tuesday night in the accident when their AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter crashed at the Grafenwoehr Training Area during aerial gunnery exercises, Maj. Wayne Marotto said.

He said the Army was investigating the crash, but the cause was not yet known. The Apache is widely used by the U.S. Army, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has a two-person crew.

The identities of the soldiers, who were assigned to the 1st Armored Division's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Illesheim Army Air Field, were withheld until their families could be notified, Marotto said.

"A tragedy of this type is felt by each and every member, but we will pull together to help our own," he said. "We wish to express our deepest condolences to the family members of the two pilots."

Last week, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed while on a training flight in eastern Germany. The pilot ejected safely.

No cause was given for that crash, which happened near the eastern German village of Oberkeil, the Air Force said. U.S. Air Force officials are investigating.,13319,114264,00.html
RIP fellas.

Similar threads

Latest Threads