FACT CHECK: Were Nine Soldiers Killed In A Training Accident While On A Mission To Rescue Children In Illinois?
A post shared on Facebook purports nine soldiers on two Black Hawk helicopters were killed in a Mar. 29 training accident near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, while on a mission to apprehend a “Deep Stater” who was allegedly harboring children in southern Illinois.
The claim stems from a satirical website. Although nine soldiers were recently killed after two Black Hawk helicopters crashed near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, according to Military.com, there is no mention of the accident being connected to a mission to rescue children.
New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer advocated for more safety around Black Hawk helicopters during an Apr. 12 press conference, according to local outlet Rochester First.com. Schumer has urged both the U.S. Army and Air Force to improve safety around the helicopters following multiple devastating crashes, Auburn Pub reported.
The Facebook post purports nine soldiers on two Black Hawk helicopters died in a Mar. 29 training accident near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, while conducting a mission to rescue children from an alleged “Deep Stater’s” southern Illinois residence. The post further claims that a supposed report from U.S. Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Gen. Eric M. Smith’s office revealed the helicopters were rigged with explosives, which caused the accident.
The claim is false. There are no credible news reports indicating the accident was connected to a mission to rescue children or that explosives played any role. Likewise, the claim neither appears on the U.S. Marine Corps’ website nor its verified social media accounts. In addition, the Department of Defense (DOD) has not publicly commented on the purported claim.
A keyword search reveals the claim stems from an Apr. 7 article published by the website “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer included on the site’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.”
Although Military.com reported nine soldiers were killed after two Black Hawk helicopters crashed near Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Mar. 29, the outlet did not mention anything about the accident being connected to a mission to rescue children. The outlet also indicated it was unclear what prompted the crash, but there was no hazardous weather in the area, and the pilots were using night vision.
The Black Hawk helicopters belonged to the 101st Airborne Division, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Did The Leaked Pentagon Documents Show Ukraine Suffered 71,000 Dead?)
Check Your Fact has contacted DOD and the U.S. Marine Corps for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.