Three soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard have been killed Thursday when a Black Hawk helicopter they have been flying in crashed close to St. Cloud, officers mentioned.
The doomed chopper took from the St. Cloud Aviation Facility for a upkeep check flight and was reported lacking about 2:05 p.m. native time as soon as the Minnesota National Guard misplaced contact with the plane, authorities mentioned.
By 5 p.m., the Minnesota National Guard confirmed the helicopter had crashed in a discipline about 16 miles southwest of St. Cloud.
“Our Minnesota National Guard household is devastated by the deaths of those soldiers,” Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant common of the Minnesota National Guard, mentioned in an announcement.
“Our precedence proper now could be guaranteeing that our households are taken care of.”
The identifies of the soldiers are being withheld pending household notification, officers mentioned.
An investigation into the crash will likely be led by the Military Aviation Heart at Fort Rucker in Alabama. Officers from the ability have been en path to the crash website Thursday evening, authorities mentioned.
At a Thursday evening press convention, Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz mentioned, “The state of Minnesota is perpetually in the debt of those warriors.”
“My coronary heart breaks for the households, the buddies, and the guy soldiers” of the victims, mentioned Waltz, himself a former Minnesota Guard member.