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US Army National Guard Black Hawk missing in Minnesota

00:50  06 december  2019
00:50  06 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A Minnesota Army National Guard helicopter is missing after taking off from an aviation facility in Minnesota on Thursday.

A Minnesota Army National Guard helicopter is missing after taking off from an aviation facility in Minnesota on Thursday.

A Minnesota Army National Guard helicopter is missing after having taken off from an Army aviation facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on Thursday, according to a National Guard spokesman.

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The UH-60 Black Hawk lost communication with the tower sometime on Thursday afternoon, said Army Col. Joe Sharkey, director of communications for the Minnesota National Guard.

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Sharkey could not provide details about the number of individuals on board the helicopter nor the aircraft's flight destination.

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The Army National Guard ( ARNG ), in conjunction with the Air National Guard , is a militia force and a federal military reserve force of the United States.

A search effort for the Black Hawk was underway.

"The Minnesota Army National Guard is currently trying to work with local authorities in St. Cloud based on its flight pattern," Sharkey told ABC News.

The St. Paul Fire Department said in a tweet on Thursday that it had deployed a rescue squadron following reports of the missing aircraft.

One soldier was killed and three others were injured during an Army helicopter accident at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk training area in Louisiana in late September.

A spokesperson for Fort Polk told ABC News at the time that the helicopter was a UH-60 Black Hawk medevac unit comprised of four soldiers that crashed while en route to pick up another soldier needing treatment for heat-related symptoms.

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It was unclear what caused that crash, but the spokesperson said that the weather was clear and the helicopter did not strike power lines.

That incident in September was the second Army aviation mishap to cause a fatality this year.

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