ST. CLOUD, Minnesota (NBC) — Fire officials in Minnesota are responding to a Black Hawk helicopter down after a mayday in St. Cloud, Minnesota, about 76 miles northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, according to KARE 11, the NBC affiliate in the Twin Cities.
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went missing Thursday shortly after takeoff from a St. Cloud airport. The Minnesota National Guard said it lost contact with the helicopter shortly after takeoff around 2:05 p.m.
The helicopter was carrying three Minnesota National Guardsmen, according to KARE. The helicopter was conducting a maintenance test flight.
The Minnesota National Guard released the following statement:
On or about 2:05 p.m. on December 5, 2019, the Minnesota National Guard
lost contact with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter while it was conducting a
maintenance test flight that originated from St. Cloud, Minnesota. The
Minnesota National Guard and local emergency services are currently trying
to determine the location and status of the aircraft. The helicopter had
three Minnesota National Guard personnel on board. Our first priority is the
safety and well-being of our Guardsmen and our thoughts are with our
soldiers and their families at this time.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has rescheduled a tree lighting in light of the situation.
According to a release from his office, "Governor Walz is in communication with the Minnesota National Guard and will be at the Capitol to monitor the developing situation."
There is no confirmed information about the condition of the crew.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.