A New York Military Nationwide Guard helicopter on a routine coaching mission crashed in a rural space south of Rochester on Wednesday night, leaving three Guard members lifeless, the authorities stated.
It was not instantly clear what brought on the plane, a UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter, to crash. The Nationwide Guard stated in an announcement that the helicopter was a part of the Military Aviation Assist Facility at Rochester Worldwide Airport, and was assigned to C Firm of the First Battalion, 171st Common Assist Aviation Battalion.
The Nationwide Guard stated it was investigating and didn’t instantly reply additional questions concerning the crash or the victims.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Workplace stated the crash befell round 6:30 p.m. in a area close to West Bloomfield Street within the city of Mendon, about 16 miles south of downtown Rochester. The sheriff’s workplace stated solely three folks have been onboard.
Photos posted on social media of the crash confirmed the wreckage in flames in an open area, because the authorities blocked visitors close by.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo stated in an announcement that he was “devastated” by the information of the crash and would direct that flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff on Thursday.
“Nationwide Guard members are our citizen troopers who voluntarily serve and shield each right here and overseas, and I lengthen prayers and condolences from all New Yorkers to the household, family members and fellow troopers of those honorable heroes who we’ll always remember,” he stated.