A military helicopter has crashed on a busy highway near Huntsville, Alabama, local officials and witnesses say. The number of victims was not immediately known but officials said there were no survivors.
The accident happened just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday when the aircraft – a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter – went down in the median of Highway 53, near Burwell Road in the town of Harvest. No cars were hit.
The aircraft was fully engulfed in flames and footage from the scene showed thick, black smoke billowing from the site of the crash. The fire was quickly extinguished.
Huntsville Emergency Medical Services said there were no survivors but the number of people on board the helicopter was not immediately known.
“This is a military helicopter,” a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told BNO News, referring to the military for further information. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said it was a UH-60 Black Hawk.
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A video from a security camera at a home in the area (shown below) captured the crash and showed the helicopter plummeting straight to the ground. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office urged people to find alternate routes due to the closure of the highway. “We expect heavy delays in this area throughout the evening,” the sheriff’s office said.
A short video of the helicopter crash in Harvest (north of Huntsville) from Savanna Terry pic.twitter.com/v1T5vk4gq5
— James Spann (@spann) February 15, 2023
DEVELOPING: New information confirms helicopter involved was a U.S. Military aircraft; no word on what has caused the crash pic.twitter.com/gskcfqoyvW
— Intel Point Alert (@IntelPointAlert) February 15, 2023
Security camera captures the moment of the crash. The type of helicopter involved is currently unknown. pic.twitter.com/yINuYn8e6a
— Breaking Aviation News & Videos (@aviationbrk) February 15, 2023
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