Three National Guard members on a training flight were killed when their helicopter crashed in a farmland field in western New York.
The UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation plane crashed at around 6:30 pm. In Mindon, New York, a rural town south of Rochester, officials said.
The circumstances were under investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration said it would participate.
Pictures of the crash site published by local media showed the wreckage of the plane burning in a field covered in snow.
The helicopter flew from the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport, and was assigned to Company C of 1st Battalion, Flying Battalion 171 of General Support, according to Eric Dor, director of public affairs in the New York State Division of the Military and Navy.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said flags on government buildings would drop to half the staff in honor of the soldiers.
Members of the National Guard are our citizen soldiers who voluntarily serve and protect, whether here or abroad, and I offer prayers and condolences from all New Yorkers to the family of these honorable heroes, their loved ones, and their fellow soldiers, ” he said in a statement. .
Monroe County Sheriff, Todd Baxter, told a news conference that witnesses who called 911 reported hearing blowing sounds of an engine, and said the plane was flying too low.
He said that there were no survivors.
Baxter described the three Guards who were killed as “ great Americans. ”
He said, “ Keep it in your minds and in your prayers.