A Black Hawk helicopter crash in St. Cloud, Minnesota has left three members of the Minnesota National Guard dead.
During a news conference, Governor Tim Walz said:
“They paid the ultimate price in service to Minnesota and to the United States of America. The coming days will be dark and difficult. The state of Minnesota stands ready to assist the families of our fallen heroes.”
Walz himself is a veteran of the Minnesota National Guard.
The crew on board the helicopter was conducting a maintenance test flight when they lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after 2 pm. A mayday call was placed, and about 30 minutes after the Black Hawk went missing, it was found on a farm tangled in some trees.
Investigators from the US Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker are currently trying to figure out the cause of the crash.
Our prayers go out to the families of the three brave people who so selflessly served our country.
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