Three soldiers died and another was injured when two Apache helicopters collided in flight near Healy, Alaska, on Thursday, U.S. Army officials said.
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The two Apaches were from the 1st Attack Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment at Fort Wainwright. The crash occurred during a flight home following a training mission.
“This is an incredible loss for these soldiers’ families, their fellow soldiers, and for the division,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler, commanding general of the 11th Airborne Division, told American Military News in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers go out to their families, friends and loved ones, and we are making the full resources of the Army available to support them.”
“The Fort Wainwright community is one of the tightest military communities I’ve seen in my 32 years of service. I have no doubt they will pull together during this exceptional time of need and provide comfort to our families of our fallen,” Eifler said.