Three Army National Guard pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed Tuesday during a routine training mission in Idaho, reports The New York Times.
The pilots were in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed south of Lucky Peak. Lucky Peak is a park about 10 miles from Boise, Idaho, according to The New York Times. The aircraft lost contact at 7:45 pm and shortly after 8:00 pm, the Emergency Transmitter Locator device on the aircraft activated. The National Guard immediately started “emergency aircraft recovery procedures,” the Idaho National Guard said in a statement.
The ground and air search-and-rescue crews found the aircraft and the pilots at approximately 12:15 am Wednesday morning. (National Guard Soldiers Killed In Rochester NY Helicopter Crash Identified: Report)
“This is a tremendous loss to the Idaho National Guard and our community … our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones as we work through this tragedy,” said adjutant general of Idaho and commander of the Idaho National Guard, Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak.
The cause of the accident is still unknown. The Idaho National Guard said an investigation will start immediately. The names of the deceased pilots were not immediately released and will be withheld until next of kin have been notified, said the statement.