Rep. Bob Dettmer, (R-Forest Lake), issued a statement on behalf of the Minnesota House Republican Caucus on the tragic National Guard helicopter crash that claimed the lives of three service members aboard the aircraft.
“We are heartbroken and devastated by the loss of three heroic Minnesotans. Our prayers tonight are with the families of the crew members, our National Guard Commander-in-Chief Governor Walz, and Adjutant General Jensen. We also are tremendously grateful for our first responders who rushed to the crash site from the region and other parts of the state.”
Rep. Dettmer is a 25 year veteran of the United States Army Reserves and serves as the Republican Lead on the House Veterans and Military Affairs Division.
The National Guard is now confirming the wreckage found south of St. Cloud, MN is the UH-60 helicopter.
The helicopter had three Minnesota National Guard personnel on board.
Officials on scene say they have located what's being called a "wreckage of a helicopter" but have yet to confirm if it is the National Guard Helicopter.
The National Guard has lost communication with a National Guard Chopper that was stationed at St. Cloud Airport.
Minnesota National Guard said in a statement on the missing UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter: "On or about 2:05 p.m. on December 5, 2019, the Minnesota National Guard lost contact with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter while it was conducting a maintenance test flight that originated from St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Minnesota National Guard and local emergency services are currently trying to determine the location and status of the aircraft. The helicopter had three Minnesota National Guard personnel on board. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our Guardsmen and our thoughts are with our soldiers and their families at this time."
They will be releasing more information as it becomes available.