Three National Guard soldiers killed during a helicopter crash in Idaho

Three Soldiers with the Idaho Army National Guard were killed on Tuesday night after their Black Hawk went down near Boise.

The UH-60 was conducting a routine training flight when the aircraft went down south of Lucky Peak.

Contact with the aircraft is reported to have ended after 7:45 PM local time, an an emergency transponder was automatically activated roughly 15-20 minutes later.

Rescue crews could not reach the aircraft until 12:15 AM Wednesday morning. It is unlear if the crewmembers died from the crash, exposure to the elements, or other causes.

It is believed that the crew aboard consisted of a pilot, co-pilot and crew chief, though no identities have been released at this time.

According to KTVB7, officials with the Idaho Army National Guard have released statements on the matter.

“This is a tremendous loss to the Idaho National Guard and our community,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, adjutant general of Idaho and commander of the Idaho National Guard. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones as we work through this tragedy.”

An investigation has been launched.

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