Three U.S. service members from the Idaho Army National Guard have perished after their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Boise during a routine training flight last night – Tuesday, Feb, 2nd.

The Guard confirmed the deaths in a statement this morning. The last contact was made with the aircraft at 7:45 p.m. local time. The Emergency Transmitter Locator device aboard the aircraft was activated shortly after 8 p.m. and recovery procedures were initiated, which included air and ground search and rescue crews.

The crash site and victims were located at 12:15 a.m.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. The names of the three who died in the crash are being withheld until the next of kin can be notified.

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

May we keep those we lost and their families in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Until Valhalla, Warriors.

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