Three soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday in Mendon, as per several media reports.
Authorities are said to have informed that a New York Army National Guard UH-60 helicopter, used for medical evacuations based at the Army Aviation Support Facilities at Greater Rochester, crashed in Mendon, New York, while on a routine training mission.
The time of the crash is reported to be shortly after 6:30 am and the place is stated to be an open field.
"There were calls of sputtering sounds of an engine, and that the aircraft was flying very low, more low than normal," Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter was quoted as saying regarding the incident.
Baxter further added that he did not know what the helicopter’s flight plan was, but that authorities are working to identify both the path and the debris.
The National Guard is reportedly on its way to Mendon, and will be conducting a join investigation alongside the Federal Aviation Administration.
As per New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the flags will be flown half-staff on Thursday in honour of the soldiers.
"I am devastated by the news tonight of a New York Army National Guard helicopter crash in the Town of Mendon that killed three of New York's bravest during a training mission," Cuomo said late on Wednesday.