On Wednesday night, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a military helicopter crashed during a routine training mission killing three members of the National Guard.
The accident took place in upstate New York, in the small town Mendon, 20 minutes south of Rochester.
The helicopter was flying very low and there were some problems with the engine, said the authorities.
Residents were not in danger
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office stated that all emergency services, including the fire departments, state police, and the representatives of the U.S. military, arrived immediately after being called.
When they arrived at the scene, the aircraft was in flames and there was not much they could do. The helicopter apparently crashed on a farmer’s field, where there are no houses nearby.
This was confirmed by Todd Baxter, Monroe County Sheriff.
However, the sheriff’s office has yet to state what was the cause of the crash, since the investigation is still being conducted by the New York National Guard and Federal Aviation Administration.
The New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo expressed his condolences to family and friends of the deceased soldiers, calling them “honorable heroes who we will never forget”.
The soldiers who died in this tragic accident were staff Sgt. Joseph Dunn from Buffalo, Cpl. Joseph Clement from Auburn and Pvt. Haylee Seefeldt from Medina.
Flags Lowered to Half-Staff
According to the order given by governor Cuomo, all flags will be lowered to half-staff on Thursday on all state buildings “in honor and in tribute to these New Yorkers who dedicated their service to nation and state”.
The authorities said that everyone was devastated by this news and a great loss for entire America.
The road next to the crash site, West Bloomfield Road, located between Cheese Factory Road and Boughton Hill Road, was closed during the time of the investigation.
The bodies of the deceased members of the military were escorted from the crash site by the police this morning and taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Sheriff Todd Baxter said that the teams will work tirelessly for hours, and perhaps for a couple of days to determine the extent of the debris field, which is allegedly the size of a few city blocks.