Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today following the announcement of the OH-58 Kiowa observation helicopter crash at Joint Base Lewis-McChord:

 "I extend my deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of the soldiers who died in this tragic accident at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. While the circumstances surrounding this horrible accident are still unclear, we are certain this is a sad day for their families and for our entire community.

 “Our servicemen and women take significant risks while training and serving abroad. I will work with officials to investigate what happened during this training mission, and to determine ways we can prevent this type of tragedy from occurring again.

 “I express my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the soldiers. Nothing can replace their service and their sacrifice.”