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7 Killed, 4 Injured in Army Copter Crash

April 23, 1999| Associated Press

FT. CAMPBELL, Ky. — An Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed early Thursday in a training area at Ft. Campbell, killing seven people and injuring the other four aboard.

An Army photo of the crash scene showed the UH-60L Black Hawk scattered in several large pieces in a wooded area beside a road. The craft is the primary helicopter for air assault, air cavalry and medical evacuation units.

One of the victims died at a Nashville hospital and two others were in critical condition there, hospital officials said.

The others injured in the crash were being treated at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at the fort. The Army did not immediately release their conditions.

No cause was given for the crash. The soldiers were practicing getting into or out of the helicopter when it crashed, probably from a fairly low altitude.

The base is headquarters for the 101st Airborne Division, the Army's only air assault division.

It straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee line about 200 miles southwest of Louisville.

The fort has been the site of past crashes. The Army said the worst happened in 1988, when two helicopters collided in the air and 17 people died.

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