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Two soldiers killed in California helicopter crash at Fort Irwin

Two soldiers killed in California helicopter crash at Fort Irwin”

Both soldiers were assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Colorado.

FORT IRWIN An Army AH64 Apache helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. Saturday during pre-deployment training operations at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, killing two soldiers aboard, an Army spokeswoman said Saturday night.

As many as 37 United States troops were lost in crashes of military non-combat planes flying routine operations till November in 2017, according to an investigation report of Fox.

A USA army spokesperson said an AH-64 Apache crashed Saturday at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, a base where Army units go for training.

"The cause is now under investigation and next-of-kin notifications are ongoing, therefore we can provide no further details at this time", he said.

In November, the head of Army aviation, Maj.

With no budget, USA military units will be deprived of valuable training opportunities, "aircraft will remain on the ground, their pilots not at the sharpest edge", Mattis warned.

The fatal accident occurred hours after the U.S. government shutdown and it marked the first known deadly crash for the USA military in 2018.

About 37 US troops died in non-combat plane crashes - more than 130% higher than in 2016 - during routine operations in 2017, Fox News reported.



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