Army Identifies 2 Soldiers Killed in Kentucky Helicopter Crash

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly (left) and Warrant Officer James Casadona were identified as the two Army pilots killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash on Friday at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (US Army photos)
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly (left) and Warrant Officer James Casadona were identified as the two Army pilots killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash on Friday at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (US Army photos)

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Army officials have released the names of two soldiers who were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training mission.

Fort Campbell officials on Sunday identified the victims as 37-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Connolly and 28-year-old Warrant Officer James Casadona. Connolly was an instructor pilot and Casadona was a pilot in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Officials said in a news release the AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed Friday night in a training area at the sprawling Army post that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee line. They were the only two people on board the helicopter.

The statement says Connolly joined the Army in 2001 and Casadona joined in 2012.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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