3 NY National Guard troops killed in upstate helicopter crash

NY Army

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Three New York National Guard members were killed in a helicopter accident Wednesday night about 15 miles southeast of Rochester, officials said.

"A New York Army National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport crashed earlier tonight in the Town of Mendon, New York while on a routine training mission," the New York Army National Guard said in a statement. "The aircraft was assigned to C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion. There were three Soldiers on board killed in the crash."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement, "I am devastated ... National Guard members are our citizen soldiers who voluntarily serve and protect both here and abroad, and I extend prayers and condolences from all New Yorkers to the family, loved ones and fellow soldiers of these honorable heroes who we will never forget."

Cuomo said he is directing that flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday "in honor of and in tribute to these New Yorkers who dedicated their service to nation and state."

The incident is under investigation.