Two soldiers killed in helicopter crash on Fort Campbell

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"At approximately 9:50 p.m. Friday, two Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash in the local training area on Fort Campbell". During initial reports of the story, the names of the two soldiers who lost their lives were not released.

The recovery operation are now ongoing on the crash site.

Acting senior commander, Todd Royner, issued a statement calling the tragedy a day of sadness for the 101st airborne.

It's the second deadly crash involving a United States military helicopter this week.

He said 'our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this hard time'. A two-year investigation found that important bearings in the $25 million machine failed, likely due to improper maintenance.

On Wednesday, a U.S. Air Force pilot using an travel Thunderbirds exhibition squad died when his F-16 fighter airplane crashed at Nevada.

A Pentagon official denied that there is a "crisis" for military aviation. He said each is tragic and will be investigated.

All four members were thought to become killed. Arizona Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former naval aviator himself, said the greatest harm to national security is "self-inflicted".

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