PLR 23-046 - Aviation Mishap Claims Three Soldiers' Lives
Three Warrant Officers assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska died in an aviation mishap on 27 April 2023. The incident occurred at 1320 local when two AH-64Ds went down during a multi-ship redeployment from a training exercise. The mishap occurred in an Alaskan mountain range approximately 60 miles south of Fort Wainwright. In addition to the three fatalities, the mishap resulted in one Soldier sustaining serious injuries and total loss of both aircraft. A Centralized Accident Investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is currently leading the investigation.
Since FY18, the Army has had an average of seven Class A aviation flight mishaps and lost an average of five Soldiers per year to on-duty aviation mishaps.