The unit, with about 80 members, is a medical evacuation unit whose mission is to pick up casualties on the battlefield and transport them to military medical facilities, Durr said.
Three National Guard members were killed on Wednesday during a training mission after their helicopter crashed in a farmer's field in upstate NY, according to a statement from the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs.
The aircraft was assigned to C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion, according to the New York National Guard.More news: Apple reportedly planning thinner and lighter MacBook Air with MagSafe charging
Sheriff Todd Baxter says that his office got multiple 911 calls about an aircraft in distress.
The debris field from the crash is the size of a few city blocks, authorities said. "These are our freedom providers. just showing again that freedom is not free".
The UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter crashed in a farmer's field in rural Mendon, south of Rochester, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. "We lost three great Americans today in the service of our country", he said.More news: 7.5K Health Care Workers Will Attend Super Bowl Free
Crash investigators are expected to arrive on the scene Thursday to figure out if mechanical errors resulted in the crash.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed that flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff on Thursday.
The National Guard has confirmed that three soldiers were killed in a crash that happened in the town of Mendon off West Bloomfield and Cheese Factory roads.More news: Nasdaq logs record close for 2nd straight session as tech shares rebound
NY governor Andrew Cuomo said he was devastated to hear the news and he extended his condolences to the families and directed all NY state buildings to lower flags to half-staff on Thursday. The airport's fire department was also called to the scene to extinguish the fire, he said.