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A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off at Fort Stewart, Ga., on April 28, 2015. A soldier was killed in an early morning helicopter crash at Fort Stewart on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, officials at the Army post said. The crash involved two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off at Fort Stewart, Ga., on April 28, 2015. A soldier was killed in an early morning helicopter crash at Fort Stewart on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, officials at the Army post said. The crash involved two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. (Richard Wrigley/U.S. Army)

A 3rd Infantry Division soldier was killed in an early morning helicopter crash at Fort Stewart on Wednesday, according to officials at the Army post in Georgia.

The deadly incident occurred at about 2 a.m. at Fort Stewart’s Wright Army Airfield, said Lt. Col. Lindsey Elder, a spokeswoman for the 3rd ID. It involved two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

Elder said the crash was under investigation and the airfield was closed Wednesday morning. She said she could not immediately provide additional information about the incident.

It was not immediately clear if additional troops were injured.

The soldier killed was a member of the 3rd ID’s 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, a helicopter-flying unit stationed at nearby Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. The Army was withholding the soldier’s identity on Wednesday for 24 hours after family notification, per Pentagon policy.

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Corey Dickstein covers the military in the U.S. southeast. He joined the Stars and Stripes staff in 2015 and covered the Pentagon for more than five years. He previously covered the military for the Savannah Morning News in Georgia. Dickstein holds a journalism degree from Georgia College & State University and has been recognized with several national and regional awards for his reporting and photography. He is based in Atlanta.
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