UPDATE: Two Crew Members Killed in Black Hawk Helicopter Crash in Madison County

Helicopter Crash

This image made from video provided by Angelica Hart shows the scene of a Black Hawk helicopter crash Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in the unincorporated community of Harvest, Ala. U.S. military officials say two people on board the helicopter, which was from the Tennessee National Guard, were killed. (Susan Shepard via AP)

A Black Hawk helicopter from the Tennessee National Guard crashed Wednesday near Huntsville, killing two crew members, the Tennessee National Guard said.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of two Tennessee National Guardsmen, and our prayers are with their families during this heartbreaking tragedy,” Brig. Gen. Warner Ross, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, said in a statement. “We ask Tennesseans to join us in supporting their families during this time of unthinkable grief.”

According to Ross, two members of the Tennessee National Guard were killed during a flight-training mission. The helicopter crashed around 3 p.m. and caught fire. Early reports indicated six people may have been killed, but that number was later revised.

The Madison County sheriff’s office said there were no injuries to anyone on the ground when the helicopter crashed.

“We have no survivors,” sheriff’s Investigator Brent Patterson said. “We have a crime scene here. We have it taped off.”

The UH-60 helicopter, more widely known as a Black Hawk, crashed in the unincorporated community of Harvest north of Huntsville along Alabama Highway 53, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement.

“Maria and I are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of two Tennessee National Guard members,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday. “Please join us in lifting their families up in prayer and support during this time of unspeakable grief.”

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration referred questions to the military.

“Governor Lee, Alabamians will continue to uplift in prayer the families affected by this heartbreaking tragedy,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said. “The Guardsmen who lost their lives today will be remembered as heroes. The people of Alabama stand with our neighbors in Tennessee.”

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