UPDATE: Army aviation team investigates Tennessee Guard helicopter accident


KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee National Guard reports an aviation accident investigation team is looking into what brought down an Army National Guard helicopter over the weekend.

In a release, the Tennessee National Guard reports the OH-58D helicopter made "a hard landing" during a routine training flight on Friday. The helicopter burned on impact.

Two pilots were treated for non-life threatening injuries at the University of Tennessee Medical center and released.

The Tennessee National Guard says the aviation team will continue their investigation on-site before the helicopter is moved from the field it landed in at Yarnell Road in West Knoxville.

Previous story:
A National Guard helicopter has crashed in West Knox County near intersection of Yarnell Road and Carmichael Road.

Karns Fire Department says two pilots from the downed helicopter have been transported by ambulance to UT Medical Center.

The helicopter caught fire and burned when it hit the ground.

Officials say the men actually walked from the woods to road and Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones says the two guardsmen only suffered minor injuries.

The two pilots were assigned to the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron. The helicopter is an OH-58 Delta Kiowa.

We have crews on the scene and are working to gather more information.


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