The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says a New York National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter carrying three soldiers crashed into an open field near West Bloomfield Road in New York, New York.
MCSO has confirmed a military helicopter which is believed to have had 3 souls sitting in a field on W. Bloomfield Road. 6:32 pm in Mendon. W. Bloomfield RD Btwn Cheese Factory and Boughton Hill Rd. Remains closed Thankful to our 1 respondent partners:
– Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (@monroesheriffny) January 21, 2021
Monroe County officials say they received a call for a plane in distress around 6:30 p.m.
Rescuers found New York’s National Guard Blackhawk down. They say that the plane was completely on fire when it arrived at the scene.
Officials say the three soldiers, believed to be members of the New York National Guard.
The New York National Guard is on the scene for investigation. The FAA will also investigate the incident.
According to 911 reports, officials say the aircraft was flying very low and there were reports that the engine was sputtering.
Officials say that some blocks in the city have debris
The New York National Guard says the helicopter was based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport and crashed on a routine training mission.
They are working to identify the soldiers who were on the ship.
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The aircraft was assigned to the 1st Battalion’s C Company.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was devastated by the accident and that half of the staff would be lowered on Thursday to all state buildings.
Tonight we are devastated by the crash of the New York Army National Guard helicopter in Mendon City, killing three of New York’s bravest during a training mission.
I am directing that flags should be lowered to half the staff at all state buildings tomorrow.
Complete statement: pic.twitter.com/ztSnTwD4V1
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 21, 2021
During the investigation, West Bloomfield Road was closed between Cheese Factory Road and Botan Hill Road.
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