Army helicopter crashes, killing 1 person, injuring 3 others

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FORT POLK, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Military officials say a helicopter has crashed on an Army base in Louisiana, killing one person and injuring three others.

Fort Polk officials said in a statement that the Army chopper crashed early Thursday morning in the Fort Polk training area.

Base officials say there were the four crew members on board. Their names weren’t being released until relatives are notified.

The fort said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

No further details were immediately released.

About 8,000 soldiers are stationed at Fort Polk, its website states. The base is in central Louisiana, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Baton Rouge.

Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement Thursday morning, sharing his condolences with the victims of the crash.

“Our hearts are heavy after learning of this morning’s tragic crash and the loss of one soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country and our state. We can never fully repay these the soldiers for their brave service,” Gov. Edwards said.

“The men and women of Fort Polk play a critical role in the readiness of our armed forces, and we are praying for their entire community. Donna and I ask the people of Louisiana to please join their prayers to ours for the deceased soldier, those injured and their families during this difficult time.” 

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson of LA District 4 also shared a comment on the accident.

“I am deeply saddened by the report of the tragic accident at Fort Polk early this morning,” Rep. Johnson said.

“My office is closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with Fort Polk officials to receive updates as the situation develops. Kelly and I join all Louisianians in praying for the family of the brave soldier who passed away and for a speedy recovery for those who were injured. We cannot thank the men and women of Fort Polk enough for all they do, at home and abroad, to keep us safe.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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