Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter informed a press conference that witnesses who called 911 reported hearing the noises of an engine sputtering and stated the airplane was flying very low. There were no survivors, he stated. Baxter called the three guard members who died “excellent Americans.” “Keep them in your minds and your prayers,” he stated.
Wreckage of National Guard helicopter burns in snowy farmers field in Mendon, New York, outdoors Rochester, after crashing on night of January 20, 2021.
The helicopter flew out of the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport and was assigned to C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion, according to Eric Durr, public affairs director of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. New York City Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated flags on state buildings would be lowered to half-staff on Thursday to commemorate the soldiers. “National Guard members are our citizen soldiers who voluntarily serve and protect both here and abroad, and I extend prayers and acknowledgements from all New Yorkers to the household, liked ones and fellow soldiers of these respectable heroes,” he said in a statement.
The craft, a UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter, crashed around 6:30 p.m. in Mendon, a rural town south of Rochester, officials stated. The situations were under investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration said it would participate. Images of the crash scene published by regional news media revealed the airplane wreckage burning on a snow-covered field.
Mendon, New York City– 3 National Guard members on a training flight were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a farmers field in western New York.