Investigators Making Their Way to Crash Site

Investigators Making Their Way to Crash Site Click to Enlarge Photo: AP Images

(KNSI) - Crash investigators are making their way to the site of that fatal UH-60 blackhawk helicopter crash near Pearl Lake.

Stearns County Deputy Chief Dan Miller says details are still being sorted out.

"The Minnesota State Patrol helicopter assisted and ultimately located the helicopter. We are going to be on scene for multiple days assisting. We'll be assisting the Minnesota National Guard with the investigation. We're waiting for military personnel to get out here. We'll be coordinating with them in determining who's the lead on the incident."

The area surrounding the crash site is expected to be sealed off for the next few days.

A crash investigation crew from the Army Aviaition Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama will be heading to the scene, which, per National Guard representatives, is standard.

Three soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard were killed when the Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in crashed Thursday afternoon. The helicopter took off from the St. Cloud National Guard Aviation Center around 2:00. Nine minutes later, air traffic control received a mayday signal, or distress call from the helicopter, which crashed in a tree line near a gravel pit southwest of Pearl Lake.

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