National Guard says three soldiers died in local helicopter crash

Three people were killed when a New York Army National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport crashed in Mendon N.Y. on Jan. 20 2021

The remains of three National Guard members killed in a helicopter training accident were recovered and were being transported from the western NY crash site Thursday, escorted by police and fire vehicles.

The unit, with about 80 members, is a medical evacuation unit whose mission is to pick up casualties on the battlefield and transport them to military medical facilities, Durr said.

"I am devastated by the news tonight of a New York Army National Guard helicopter crash in the Town of Mendon that killed three of New York's bravest during a training mission". The UH-60, which has been used by the USA military for over 40 years, plays numerous roles, including air-assault and medical evacuation missions.

Sheriff Todd Baxter says that his office got multiple 911 calls about an aircraft in distress.

Three National Guard members on a routine training flight were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a western NY town, an official said. And, again, just showing again that freedom is not free.

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Footage of the crash, shared on YouTube by the Associated Press, showed flames coming from the aircraft as sirens could be heard from first responders arriving at the scene. "We lost three great Americans today in the service of our country", he said. Deputies will complete a preliminary investigation of the crash and expect to remain at the scene overnight and on Thursday.

What caused the copter to crash is unclear.

He said there were no survivors of the crash, and that witnesses who called emergency services reported hearing the sounds of an engine sputtering and said the aircraft was flying very low.

The governor directed flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff Thursday to honor the victims.

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