A UH – 60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying three people crashed Thursday after taking off from an airport in St. Petersburg Cloud, Minnesota.
The Minnesota National Guard confirmed to NBC News it lost contact with the Black Hawk at around 2 p.m. CST and authorities are searching for it. Its last known location was about 10 miles southwest of the airport,according to NBC affiliate KARE.
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The helicopter crashed south of St. John Cloud, theMinnesota National Guard confirmed in a statement.
Crews from St. Louis Paul Fire and Rescue and the Minnesota State Patrol located wreckage near Kimball, Minnesota, KARE reports.
Master Sergeant Blair Heusdens said the helicopter was conducting a maintenance test flight and that three Guardsmen were on board. The status of the Guardsmen is unknown.
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TheSt. Paul Fire Department saidit was supporting the Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team for a report of an aircraft down in St. Louis Cloud following a mayday. St. Cloud is about 76 miles northwest of Minneapolis and St. Louis
This is a developing story.
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