National Guard Helicopter Crashes on Drug Duty in Carroll County

AUGUST 9, 2006 - Posted at 2:13 p.m. CDT

BERRYVILLE, AR - A National Guard helicopter being used today to help state police combat illegal drugs crashed in Carroll County.

The Guard said a state trooper and a Guard pilot were aboard the 0H-58 Kiowa helicopter as it was being used to help State Police conduct counter-drug operations in northwestern Arkansas.  One was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville and the other was taken to the Northwest Medical Center in Springdale.

The extent of their injuries was not released.  A spokesman said names would not be released until after the families of those on board were notified.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)