2 National Guard pilots die in Campbell County helicopter crash

2 National Guard pilots die in Campbell County helicopter crash

Posted: Updated: July 10, 2011 1:55 PM

CARYVILLE (WATE) - Two Tennessee Army National Guard pilots were killed after the helicopter they were flying crashed Saturday evening in Campbell County.

According to a press release by the Tennessee Military Department, 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole, both of Knoxville, were killed Saturday around 5:30 p.m. when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed in Campbell County.

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to their families and loved ones.  Words cannot express the sorrow I personally feel for these Soldiers, their families and their fellow Soldiers who knew and served with them in peacetime and combat," said Major General Max Haston. "Their loss is incalculable."

Gov. Bill Haslam also released a statement this afternoon saying, "We as a state mourn with the families of 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole and our thoughts and prayers are with them. This is a somber reminder of how our troops face life threatening situations in training as well as in combat."

At the time of the accident, the crew was conducting a routine training flight.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

 

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