Fort Campbell Soldier Killed near Base

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Army has released the name of an officer who was killed last Friday while exiting a helicopter.

Army officials say First Lieutenant Landon R- Casillas of Euless, Texas died after an emergency landing in Tennessee just outside of Fort Campbell. Officials haven't offered details on how the 26-year-old died.

But local fire and rescue workers who responded to the incident told The Leaf-Chronicle newspaper in Clarksville, Tennessee that the soldier was struck by the main rotor blades of the helicopter.

Casillas was assigned to the 50th Medical Company, 159th Aviation Brigade.

The Blackhawk helicopter he was in made a "precautionary landing" at an airport in Clarksville when the helicopter's warning light came on.

Four others on board the helicopter were treated at the base hospital.

Fort Campbell spokeswoman Cathy Gramling says the incident is still under investigation.

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