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US Minnesota National Guard names soldiers killed in Black Hawk crash

07:10  08 december  2019
07:10  08 december  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Three soldiers aboard a Minnesota Army National Guard helicopter were killed after the UH-60 Black Hawk crashed during a flight from an Army aviation facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota , on Thursday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said.

The Minnesota National Guard has identified James A. Rogers Jr, Charles P. Nord and Sgt. Kort M. Plantenberg as the three soldiers who were PICTURED: Two remaining soldiers identified after pilot is named in fatal Black Hawk helicopter crash that collided into a tree line in a Minnesota farm field.

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a tree with snow on the ground: Image: Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crashed killing three service members in rural Minnesota© Brian Peterson Image: Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crashed killing three service members in rural Minnesota

They were named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., 28; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, 30; and Sgt. Kort M. Plantenberg, 28, the Minnesota National Guard said.

The three were assigned to a general support aviation battalion in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the national guard said in a statement, and their unit had returned in May from a nine-month medical evacuation deployment to the Middle East.

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Three Army National Guard soldiers were killed Thursday when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed near St. Cloud, Minnesota , authorities said. The Minnesota National Guard personnel were conducting a routine maintenance test flight just after 2 p.m. when they lost contact with air traffic

All three Minnesota national guard soldiers were killed when the Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in crashed Thursday in central Minnesota Maj Gen Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota national guard , said: “Our Minnesota national guard family is devastated by the deaths

The soldiers were the only people aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk when it crashed Thursday. its last known location was about 10 miles southwest of a St. Cloud airport at about 1:55 p.m., according to guard officials and NBC News affiliate KARE.

"Shortly after takeoff, the pilots initiated a mayday call," said Major Gen. Jon A. Jensen of the Minnesota National Guard in a news conference Saturday.

a tree with snow on the ground: Image: Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crashed killing three service members in rural Minnesota© Brian Peterson Image: Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crashed killing three service members in rural Minnesota

The crew was on a routine maintenance flight, the type of which was "conducted almost daily," when the Black Hawk went down, he said.

Jensen said the Minnesota National Guard's UH-60s were grounded as Army investigators, with the assistance of the state guard, tried to determine what caused the crash.

"We expect our UH-60s will begin flying again shortly," he said.

He also addressed the families of the fallen: "You are not alone in your grief."

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