Published: Sat, January 23, 2021

National Guardsmen die in NY helicopter crash

National Guardsmen die in NY helicopter crash

"I am devastated by the news tonight of a New York Army National Guard helicopter crash in the Town of Mendon that killed three of New York's bravest during a training mission". The military affairs division said the incident was under investigation.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the crash took place on W. Bloomfield Rd between Cheese Factory and Boughton Hill in the town of Mendon, about 80 miles east of Buffalo, around 6:30 p.m. The UH-60, which has been used by the United States military for over 40 years, plays numerous roles, including air-assault and medical evacuation missions.

On Thursday, first responders and residents lined roadways as the victims were driven from the crash site to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office in Brighton, escorted by police and fire vehicles.

Witnesses who called 911 reported hearing the sounds of an engine sputtering and said the helicopter was flying very low.

"This is a heavy, heavy burden on all of us", Baxter said. "These are our freedom providers. just showing again that freedom is not free. We lost three courageous Americans today in the service of our country", Baxter said.

The three Guardsmen were assigned to C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion, it said.

NY governor Andrew Cuomo said he was devastated to hear the news and he extended his condolences to the families and directed all NY state buildings to lower flags to half-staff on Thursday.

The debris field from the crash is the size of a few city blocks, authorities said.

What caused the copter to crash is unclear.

Pictures from the scene show the helicopter in flames in a farmer's field.

In respect for the deceased, the Governor has ordered all flags on state buildings to be lowered to half-staff.

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