NBC News- A National Guard helicopter crashed during a training mission in southern Idaho, killing all three people on board Tuesday night, authorities said.
The victims on the UH-60 Black Hawk were pilots with the Idaho Army National Guard, according to a statement by Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, adjutant general of Idaho and commander of the Idaho National Guard. Their names have not been released.
The accident happened just south of Lucky Peak, which is a little more than 10 miles southeast of the state capitol building in Boise, shortly after 8 p.m. local time, authorities said.
“This is a tremendous loss to the Idaho National Guard and our community,” Garshak said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones as we work through this tragedy.”
The UH-60 Black Hawk's last contact was about 7:45 p.m. and an emergency transmitter locator on the aircrfaft was activated just after 8 p.m., immediately launching a search, according to Col. Christopher Burt, the Idaho Army National Guard’s state aviation officer.
Rescuers found the wreckage and crew about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. The cause of the crash wasn't immediately determined.