Minnesota National Guard Identifies Soldiers Killed in Black Hawk Crash

The state reserve's helicopter remained grounded as investigators tried to determine the accident's cause

Black Hawk Crash
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Authorities on Saturday identified three soldiers who died when a National Guard helicopter crashed in Minnesota, NBC News reported.

They were named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., 28; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, 30; and Sgt. Kort M. Plantenberg, 28, the Minnesota National Guard said.

The three were assigned to a general support aviation battalion in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the national guard said in a statement, and their unit had returned in May from a nine-month medical evacuation deployment to the Middle East.

The soldiers were the only people aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk when it crashed Thursday. its last known location was about 10 miles southwest of a St. Cloud airport at about 1:55 p.m., according to guard officials and NBC News affiliate KARE.

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