Helicopter crash in Mendon leaves three soldiers dead

Helicopter crash in Mendon leaves three soldiers dead”

Army aviation safety investigators were expected on scene by Friday morning, Monroe County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Michael Fowler said at a news conference.

The remains of three National Guard members killed in a helicopter training accident were recovered and were being transported from the western NY crash site Thursday, escorted by police and fire vehicles.

The helicopter was assigned to the 171st General Support Aviation Battalion in Rochester.

"We ask that you please keep the families and loved ones of the deceased in your thoughts as the investigation into this tragic crash continues", the sheriff's office tweeted early Thursday.

He said local authorities had spent the day identifying and roping off the crash site with the use of a drone and police canine. And, again, just showing again that freedom is not free.

A UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport was said to have crashed, the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs said in a statement.

'We had a Blackhawk in the middle of Mendon go down with three great Americans on it so keep them in your minds and your prayers'.

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The road closest to the crash site was blocked by emergency services.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement he was "devastated" by the soldiers' deaths.

In respect for the deceased, the Governor has ordered all flags on state buildings to be lowered to half-staff.

First responders arrived to find a helicopter on fire.

While there are houses near the crash site, Baxter said no buildings were struck.

Mendon is a town of about 10,000 people in upstate NY, according to U.S. Census data.

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