Three US National Guard soldiers were killed in the UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter crash in the city of Mendon, New York. The accident happened during a routine exercise. On Thursday, flags on state buildings in New York were lowered half-mast.
The accident took place on Wednesday, so far its causes are not known, the case is under investigation. Nobody survived the catastrophe. The machine belonged to a unit stationed in Rochester in northwest New York.
"I extend the prayers and condolences of all New Yorkers to the families, relatives and comrades of arms of these heroes," said Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, in a statement. He stressed that the guards voluntarily serve the country and protect its citizens by serving both in the US and abroad.
As a sign of mourning, flags on New York State buildings are lowered to half mast on Thursday.
The local police said that the witness of the incident who informed the emergency services said that the machine was flying very low and its engine was "wheezing".