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3 guardsmen killed when Blackhawk goes down in Minnesota

Posted: 4:17 PM, Dec 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-05 21:08:13-05
National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter goes down in Minnesota

The Minnesota National Guard confirmed that three guardsmen died after a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter went down near St. Cloud, Minnesota, on Thursday.

There were no survivors on board the helicopter.

The Minnesota National Guard said that they lost contact with the crew around 2:05 p.m. CT. The National Guard was conducting a maintenance test flight on the Blackhawk.

"Our Minnesota National Guard family is devastated by the deaths of these soldiers," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "Our priority right now is ensuring that our families are taken care of."

The identities of the guardsmen are being withheld pending next of kin notification. The National Guard said an investigation is currently being conducted.