TWO crew members on board a military helicopter were killed today when their craft crashed onto an Alabama highway.
Smoke was seen billowing from the UH-60 Black Hawk after it plunged onto Highway 53 this afternoon – leaving “no survivors”.
7Door-cam footage shows the helicopter circled in red before the devastating crashCredit: Mia Mcshan7Thick black smoke could be seen billowing from the wreckage moments later as emergency teams rushed to the sceneCredit: Mia Mcshan7Officials have not yet confirmed what determined the crash-landing on Wednesday afternoonCredit: FacebookThe aircraft, which belonged to the Tennessee National Guard, was conducting a training flight near Burwell Road in Huntsville, Alabama, when it went down.
Madison County Sherriff’s Department was scrambled to the scene and later confirmed two crew members onboard were killed.
In a statement tonight, Warner Ross, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of two Tennessee National Guardsman and our prayers are with their families during this heartbreaking tragedy.”
The Sherriff’s department was joined on scene by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which is helping to investigate the crash.
Drivers were also asked to avoid the area as emergency crews worked to clear the scene and determine the cause of the crash.
“Madison County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a helicopter crash. The area affected is Highway 53 near Burwell Road,” said the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in a statement.
“We anticipate evening traffic to experience heavy delays in this area throughout the evening.”
Meanwhile, Team Redstone, a US Army publication, said: “Redstone Arsenal leaders are aware of reports of a helicopter incident near Highway 53 in Huntsville.
“First responders are on scene, and Redstone Arsenal is in full support of local authorities in their active investigation.
“Initial investigations have determined that the incident is not connected to Redstone Arsenal assets, and we will continue to support community authorities as the situation develops.”
State Rep Dale W. Strong shared a statement on Twitter, writing: “I’m deeply saddened by the fatal helicopter crash that happened in Madison County today.
“My heart hurts for those who lost their lives in this tragic incident and for their families as they learn of this news.”
He added that is communicating with local and state officials on the details of the crash.
“Right now we know it was a Black Hawk that crashed in north Madison County. There are no survivors.”
A witness shared shocking photos of the crash site on Facebook, writing that they were “devastated that someone lost their life today.”
“I drove through as the Blackhawk crashed today on Highway 53. Hug your family tonight. I am in shock but SO GRATEFUL that I am safe and at home with my family. I love all of you SO MUCH!”
7Emergency responders were scrambled to the scene of the wreckCredit: AP7Authorities confirmed the aircraft involved was a UH-60 Black Hawk (file image)Credit: Getty7A wrecked car is seen battered in the aftermath, with vehicles at a standstill on the highwayCredit: Facebook7Heavy delays are expected overnight and tomorrow with road closure currently in placeCredit: Facebook
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