Injured soldiers released from hospital in Talkeetna helicopter crash

2 injured in Talkeetna helicopter crash
Published: Feb. 5, 2023 at 4:40 PM AKST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2023 at 2:58 PM AKST
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TALKEETNA, Alaska (KTUU) - Two soldiers were injured when a military helicopter crashed at the Talkeetna Airport on Sunday afternoon.

A Federal Aviation Administration web camera first showed the downed helicopter at the airport at 2:31 p.m.

In a Monday press release, U.S. Army Alaska Media Relations Chief John Pennell wrote the injured soldiers were treated and released from the hospital. According to the release, the Army AH-64D Apache helicopter had stopped in Talkeetna for refueling.

The release states the helicopter was damaged from a “rollover accident” and that it was one of four aircraft from the 25th Attack Battalion at Fort Wainwright headed to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for training.

“The aircraft had stopped in Talkeetna for refueling and the accident happened during takeoff,” the release stated. “The cause of the accident is under investigation. A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center is expected to arrive Wednesday night or Thursday morning to begin the investigation.”

This story has been updated to include additional information.