Names of Service Members Killed in Crash to Be Released
Jennifer Lewerenz | Dec 6, 2019 AT 11:45 am
(KNSI) - Representatives from the Minnesota National Guard say they expect to release the names of the three service members killed in a helicopter crash soon.
Per National Guard Representatives, Army regulation requires them to wait 24 hours after the next of kin have been notified to release the names of the deceased. They hope to have that information available sometime Saturday.
The UH60 Blackhawk took off from the St. Cloud Aviation Facility around 2:00 Thursday afternoon. Air traffic control took a mayday signal from the helicopter about nine minutes later and notified the Stearns County Emergency Operations Center.
Per emergency radio traffic, at least one witness saw the aircraft go down and make a hard landing. They said no smoke or fire was seen before the crash.
The wreckage was discovered near a gravel pit southwest of Marty around 4:00.