Three people died after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed after taking off from an airport in St. Cloud, Minnesota, APA reports citing NBC News.
The Minnesota National Guard confirmed it lost contact with the Black Hawk at around 2 p.m. CST and authorities are searching for it. Master Sergeant Blair Heusdens said the helicopter was conducting a maintenance test flight and that three Guardsmen were on board.
All three Guardsmen on the helicopter were declared dead, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz confirmed Thursday evening. Walz, a former Guardsman, said that the soldiers were "brothers in arms."
Brig. Gen. Sandy Best said the state's guard was devastated over the loss and is investigating the cause of the crash. She did not identify the deceased, as the family has not yet be notified.