Soldier from Oradell among 9 killed in Black Hawk crash

The soldier was identified as 23-year-old Sgt. David Solinas, Jr.

Matt Trapani

Mar 31, 2023, 8:59 PM

Updated 476 days ago

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A soldier from Oradell was among nine United States soldiers killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Kentucky Wednesday night.
The soldier was identified as 23-year-old Sgt. David Solinas, Jr.
“This is a time of great sadness for the 101st Airborne Division. The loss of these Soldiers will reverberate through our formations for years to come,” said Maj. Gen. JP McGee, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell. “Now is the time for grieving and healing. The whole division and this community stand behind the families and friends of our fallen Soldiers.”
Member's of the Solinas family gathered outside their home on Friday to address the media following his death.
"We are a faithful family and we are proud David was training to rescue soldiers on the battlefield," said Solinas's brother. "David was a man of compassion and faith with a special devotion to Mary our blessed mother."
Gov. Phil Murphy also released a statement about Solinas's death on Twitter.
"Tammy and I are devastated by the news that Sgt. David Solinas of Oradell was among those who lost their lives Wednesday when a nighttime training mission among Blackhawk helicopters in Kentucky ended in tragedy," the governor wrote. 
Murphy stated that flags would be flying at half-staff on Tuesday in honor of the solider.
Two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed near Fort Campbell on Wednesday night in southwest Kentucky during a medical evacuation training exercise, killing all nine soldiers aboard the two aircrafts. The crash occurred in Trigg County, Kentucky, about 30 miles northwest of the Army post that is home to the 101st Airborne Division.
A special military investigative team was on the scene Friday but weather conditions have slowed the early work, Army officials said.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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