2 Fort Campbell pilots killed in helicopter crash in Montgomery County

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two 101st Airborne Division pilots died after their helicopter crashed Wednesday night in Montgomery County.

The pilots killed have been identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Mose Weiss, 32, from McHenry, Illinois, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Caraballoleon.

The crew members were flying a two-seat AH-64D Apache during a routine training mission when the aircraft went down around 7 p.m. approximately 12 miles south of Fort Campbell.

The helicopter was found on a 1,500-acre farm in a wooded area of Clarksville off Gholson Road near the Cumberland River. EMS officials told News 2 it was on fire when first responders located it near the river bottom.

The cause of the accident has yet to be determined and the incident is currently under investigation by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

Next of kin were notified early Thursday morning. By Department of Defense regulations, the names of the deceased will not be released until a minimum 24 hours have passed following that notification.

On Thursday, the U.S. Army grounded all active-duty aircraft in the wake of the crash, citing a second military helicopter out of Fort Bragg.

Marks and Head Farm is owned by the family of Jill Arney, who witnessed the crash.

“I had just laid my daughter down to bed, just walked into back of house when I heard what I thought was a semi pulling up into the backyard,” said Arney.

“We heard two booms, sounded like gunshots. We didn’t think much of it but within probably 30 seconds to a minute started hearing all of these helicopters swarming by.”

One of the farm’s employees told News 2 he had just finished up his work when the sound of a helicopter overhead caught his attention.

When Tyler Wallace stepped out, he could see the helicopter using a spotlight to search and called the sheriff to find out what happened.

Wallace was told about the crash.

“I got in my truck and I could see the ambulances and stuff looking for the scene, but they were in the wrong area,” he said. “I told them I worked a couple hundred acres and could take them through the fence.”

Wallace said he led the first responders down to the scene. It was a tough task for them because the area is crop land and still saturated after a few inches of rain over the past few days.

“When we got down close to the river bottom I could see the flames,” he told News 2.

In fact, Wallace called his coworker from his home to come help because ambulances and fire trucks were getting stuck in the mud.

“We used our tractors to pull them out,” he explained.

Both men spent more than three hours helping with the recovery efforts.

Wallace said his heart goes out to the soldiers who died and their families.

“It’s sad,” Wallace said. “They fought for our country and lost their lives like this.”

Eloise and John Miller are a military family. John Miller served in the Marine Corps and the US Army and his son in-law was a Captain in the Army.

They told News 2 when they learned the news of the Apache helicopter crash near Fort Campbell, it broke their hearts.

“It’s a sadness for the whole community when you lose someone that is dedicated, trying to do their job, perfectly, the right way,” said Miller.

News 2 spoke with several soldiers, most of whom were brief with their comments but expressed grief and sadness for the pilots and their families.

“It’s tragedy. I wish them the best, Godspeed,” said one soldier who didn’t reveal his name.

“I will be praying for them. Thank you,” said another soldier who also didn’t want to be identified.

The 101st CAB, The Wings of Destiny has suffered a great tragedy. Two Soldiers that we counted among our brothers and…

Posted by 101st CAB, Wings of Destiny on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pilot killed in Montgomery County helicopter crash identified

One of the pilots killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday night in Montgomery County has been identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Mose Weiss.

Kevin Mose Weiss (Courtesy: Weiss family via Northwest Herald)
Kevin Mose Weiss (Courtesy: Weiss family via Northwest Herald)

The 32-year-old is from McHenry, Illinois, which is northwest of Chicago. Weiss leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 6 and 4.

According to the Northwest Herald, Weiss was the oldest of eight children and known to his family and friends by his middle name of “Mose,” which was the nickname of his grandfather.

His father, also named Kevin, released a statement about the loss of his son.

“I’m going to miss him, but I’m blessed to have had him. I know eternally he’s fine but it’s going to stink not having him here.”

Weiss and his fellow pilot were flying a two-seat AH-64D Apache during a routine training mission when the aircraft went down approximately 12 miles south of Fort Campbell.

The cause of the accident has yet to be determined and the incident is currently under investigation by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

On Thursday, the U.S. Army grounded all active-duty aircraft in the wake of the crash, citing a second military helicopter out of Fort Bragg.

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