UH-60 Black Hawk type general purpose helicopter crashed, produced by Sikorsky, which carries the National Guard security forces of the United States of America's New York State.
On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 3 crew members died in the accident that occurred in the town of Mendon, south of the city of Rochester, New York state.
It was reported that the UH-60 helicopter belonging to the National Guard made a routine medical evacuation training flight. In the statement made by the National Guard, it was stated that the helicopter was attached to the Army Aviation Support Unit at Rochester International Airport and was assigned to the First Battalion C Division 171st General Support Aviation Battalion. “The news of the crash of the New York National Guard helicopter in Mendon Town, where three of New York's bravest people were killed, devastated me,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a statement regarding the accident.
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