Three Idaho National Guard pilots have been killed in a helicopter crash late Tuesday, officers mentioned.
The victims have been flying in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it went down throughout a routine coaching mission south of Fortunate Peak close to Boise at about eight p.m., the Idaho National Guard mentioned Wednesday.
Aviation officers mentioned the final contact with the helicopter was roughly 15 minutes earlier than the deadly crash. The reason for the accident is unknown and an investigation is underway, National Guard officers mentioned.
“It is a super loss to the Idaho National Guard and our neighborhood,” Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, commander of the state’s National Guard, mentioned in a press release. “Our ideas and prayers are with the households and family members as we work via this tragedy.”
The identities of the victims — whose our bodies have been recovered at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday after an air and floor search — won’t be launched till their family members have been notified.
Poor climate circumstances – together with snow and fog – have been reported in the world when the helicopter crashed, however the reason for the deadly accident has not but been decided, Idaho National Guard officers mentioned at a press convention later Wednesday.
“It’s vital to do not forget that right now, there are a lot of unanswered questions and any hypothesis into the reason for this accident could be untimely forward of any official investigation,” Idaho National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Borders informed reporters.
Gov. Brad Little, who ordered flags all through the state to be flown at half-staff following the crash, requested Idahoans to maintain the pilots and their households in thoughts throughout “this very troublesome time.”
“Keep in mind, their primary purpose is to defend this nation,” Little informed reporters. “And you’ll’t defend this nation when you don’t prepare.”
Essentially the most senior pilot on the helicopter had greater than 15 years of expertise and the three collectively had “hundreds of hours” of flight time, Idaho National Guard officers mentioned.
The identities of the pilots shall be launched as soon as their households have been notified, which generally takes 24 hours, Borders mentioned.