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Black Hawk helicopter crashes after takeoff in Minnesota, killing three National Guardsmen

Added 12-05-19 09:04:02pm EST - “A Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying three crew members crashed after it lost contact with the base Thursday afternoon.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Black Hawk helicopter crashes after takeoff in Minnesota, killing three National Guardsmen”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying three crew members crashed south of St. Cloud after it lost contact with the base Thursday afternoon, killing everyone on board.

According to emergency scanner traffic, the helicopter was found by a Minnesota State Patrol trooper . The status and identities of the crew members is unknown.

Stearns County Chief Deputy Dan Miller addressed local media and confirmed the helicopter crashed at approximately 2:15 p.m., Central. 

According to emergency scanner traffic, the helicopter took off from St. Cloud at about 1:55 p.m. and called mayday about nine minutes after takeoff. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said the helicopter took off from the St. Cloud Regional Airport.

"We do not have contact with the helicopter but we do not quite yet know what the situation is," Minnesota National Guard Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens said after the base lost contact with the aircraft. "We're working to figure it out." 

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