3 Idaho National Guard members killed in helicopter crash

Three Idaho National Guard members were killed in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash Tuesday night. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Galimore)
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Three Idaho National Guard members were killed in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash Tuesday night. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Galimore)

Credit: Sgt. Steven Galimore

Credit: Sgt. Steven Galimore

Three Idaho Army National Guard personnel were killed after their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Boise on Tuesday night.

All three personnel aboard were pilots with the Idaho Army National Guard participating in a routine training flight, according to a statement from the Idaho National Guard.

“This is a tremendous loss to the Idaho National Guard and our community,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, adjutant general of Idaho and commander of the Idaho National Guard. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones as we work through this tragedy.”

Col. Christopher Burt, the Idaho Army National Guard’s state aviation officer, confirmed the aircraft was last contacted at 7:45 p.m. Once the Emergency Transmitter Locator device aboard the aircraft was activated shortly after 8 p.m., his team immediately initiated emergency aircraft recovery procedures, which included air and ground search and rescue crews.

At about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, crews located the aircraft and personnel. The cause of the accident is unknown, and an investigation is underway.

Names of the deceased are being withheld until after next of kin have been notified.

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