Three killed in National Guard helicopter crash near Boise

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A National Guard helicopter crashed during a training mission in southern Idaho, killing all three people on Tuesday night, Officials said.

The victims of the UH-60 Black Hawk were pilots of the Idaho Army National Guard, Gen. Michael Michael Garshak, assistant general of Idaho and commander of the Idaho National Guard. Their names have not been released.

Officials said the accident occurred just south of Lucky Peak, a little more than 10 miles southeast of the state Capitol building in Boise, at 8 pm local time.

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

The final contact with the UH-60 Black Hawk was at about 7:45 a.m. and an emergency transmitter locator on the aircraft was activated just after 8 p.m., according to Colonel Christopher Burt, who immediately began a search, the state aviation of the Idaho Army Guard Officer.

Rescuers found the wreckage and crew at around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. The cause of the accident was not immediately determined.

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