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3 US Army soldiers killed after Black Hawk helicopter crashes in MN

Members from the Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion arrived at Fort Hood, Texas for mobilization on Oct. 19, 2019. (Sgt. Sydney Mariette/U.S. Army)
December 05, 2019

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with the Minnesota Army National Guard crashed on Thursday evening, killing all three soldiers on board.

The helicopter had departed the Army aviation facility in St. Cloud, Minn. for a maintenance test flight.

Nine minutes later, the helicopter sent a “mayday” call, and later lost contact with tower communications at 2:05 p.m. local time.

It crashed approximately 16 miles southwest of St. Cloud in a wooded area.

The St. Paul Fire Department and Minnesota State Patrol worked alongside the Minnesota National Guard to locate the downed helicopter.

“Our Minnesota National Guard family is devastated by the deaths of these soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. “Our priority right now is ensuring that our families are taken care of.”

Gov. Tim Walz confirmed the death of the soldiers in a press conference Thursday evening.