Apache Crash Kills Two Pilots

Firefighters were called out to help the military.
Firefighters were called out to help the military.

Two Third Infantry Division pilots from Hunter Army Airfield are dead after their Apache helicopter crashed off of Highway 144. The helicopter went down around 11:30 Tuesday night during a military training exercise. It crashed in a thick line of trees on Fort Stewart's property, about five mile west of Richmond Hill.

Firefighters from South Bryan County and Richmond Hill along with Bryan County EMS were called out to help the military at the scene of the crash. Police temporarily shut down access into Fort Stewart from Highway 144 while emergency crews were working.

Army officials say the loss of the two men on board will be felt through out the entire Third Infantry Division. "On behalf of our Commander General William G. Webster, the Third Infantry Division team, Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Air Field," said Lieutenant Colonel Clifford Kent, "we'd like to extend our condolences to the families and friends of the soldiers that we lost last night in the crash of one of our helicopters."

The United States Army Safety Center out of Fort Rucker, Alabama is sending an investigation team to Fort Stewart to investigate the crash. The names of the pilots are not being released until the Army notifies their families.

Reported by Steven Shoob, sshoob@wtoc.com and Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com