National Guard Medivac Helicopter Crashes in New York. Three Killed.

A New York National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter has crashed in an open field near West Bloomfield Road in Mendon, New York during a training operation leaving three guardsmen dead.

A New York National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter has crashed in an open field near West Bloomfield Road in Mendon, New York during a training operation leaving three guardsmen dead.

Monroe County Sheriff Todd K. Baxter said that the helicopter issued distress calls at around 6:30 p.m local time.

“According to the 911 reports … there were calls of a sputtering, the sounds of an engine and that the aircraft was flying very low, more low than normal,” said Baxter.

By the time firefighters arrived, the UH-60 was fully on fire while the guardsmen were already dead.

The New York National Guard and FAA have launched an investigation on the incident.

According to the National Guard, the helicopter came from the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport and was assigned to C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said flags on state buildings would be flown at half-mast to pay respect to the fallen guardsmen.


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