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Army investigating Tennessee helicopter crash that injured Guardsmen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — An investigative team from the Army’s Combat Readiness Center in Alabama was on the scene Monday of a crashed helicopter in West Knox County, Tenn.

Randy Harris, director of joint public affairs with the Tennessee National Guard, on Monday said the team was examining the burned wreckage from the 6:45 p.m. Friday incident.

Harris said the team from Fort Rucker, Ala., won’t move the debris until its examination of the crash scene is complete.

“Hopefully, it will be moved in a few days,” Harris said.

The OH-58 Kiowa Warrior was on a training mission when the craft came down off Yarnell Road near Carmichael Road. The chopper apparently caught fire after hitting the ground.

The two Guardsmen flying the craft suffered minor injuries but were able to get out of the chopper and walk to a road for help. The pilots, whose names have not been released, were treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and released.

After the aviation team finishes its on-site work, the remains of the Kiowa will be moved to the Army Aviation Facility at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, according to Harris.

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