Minnesota National Guard names victims of helicopter crash

The Minnesota National Guard on Saturday identified the three people who were killed Thursday in a Black Hawk helicopter crash. 

Thee three people are  Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., 28; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, 30 and Sgt. Kort M. Plantenberg, 28, according to a Minnesota National Guard statement. 

The three were assigned to the General Support Aviation Battalion, based in St. Cloud, Minn. Their unit had returned in May from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. 

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter lost contact with the National Guard on Thursday during a maintenance test flight. It crashed in a wooded area about 16 miles southwest of St. Cloud. 

“On behalf of all Minnesotans, we offer our deepest sympathies to the families of these warriors. They paid the ultimate price in service to Minnesota and to the United States of America,” Gov. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) said at a press conference this week.

“Words will never ease the pain of this tragic loss and the state of Minnesota is forever in the debt of these warriors.”  

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