Military helicopter crashes in US, 2 killed

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A military helicopter crashed in Madison County, the southeastern US state of Alabama, killing two people on board.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement that the crash occurred on Wednesday on Highway 53 near the intersection of Burrell Road in Madison County, near the Alabama-Tennessee border, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The aircraft, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, reportedly belonged to the Tennessee National Guard, was on a routine training mission when it crashed.

Video circulating on social media showed black smoke rising from the crash site with a heavy presence of emergency vehicles.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said there were no survivors while warning of heavy delays in the area throughout the evening.

A spokesperson for the National Guard said that it is premature to discuss the possible causes of the crash.

“Like all military aircraft mishaps, the incident will be investigated,” said the spokesperson. “The National Guard will support law enforcement and other first responders handling the crash site.”

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