A Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter has crashed 16 miles southwest of St. Cloud, Minnesota on Dec. 5 killing all three soldiers on board.
The Minnesota National Guard lost contact with the helicopter, belonging to its Army Aviation Safety Facility in St. Cloud, at about 2:05 p.m. local time while it was conducting a maintenance test flight that originated from St. Cloud. The helicopter was found tangled in trees on a farm.
“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.”
The names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification, said a statement from the Minnesota National Guard.
On Dec. 6, a Safety Investigation Team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) at Fort Rucker, Alabama, was deployed to St. Cloud to lead the investigation into the mishap.