Medical helicopter crash kills three in Mendon, NY

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The medical evacuation helicopter on a routine training flight crashed in Mendon, NY, a rural town south of Rochester.

Associated Press, Travis Pittman and Jack Norcross

9:17 p.m. EST January 20, 2021

9:24 PM EST January 20, 2021

MENDON, NY – Three members of the National Guard on a routine training flight were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a city in western New York, an official said.

The vehicle, a UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter, crashed around 6:30 p.m. in Mendon, New York, a rural town south of Rochester, said Eric Durr, director of public affairs for the New York State Division for Military and Naval Affairs .

It flew out of the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport and was assigned to the 1st Battalion’s C Company, the 171st General Support Aviation Battalion, he said.

The circumstances were investigated.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would line up all flags on state buildings to half the staff to honor the fallen soldiers.

“I am devastated by the news tonight of a New York Army National Guard helicopter crash in the city of Mendon, in which three of New York’s bravest were killed during a training mission,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Members of the National Guard are our citizen soldiers who volunteer to serve and protect both domestically and abroad, and I offer prayers and condolences to all New Yorkers to all family members, loved ones and fellow soldiers of these honorable heroes we shall never forget.”

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