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
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.