Three U.S. soldiers lost their lives in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter in the state of Minnesota on December 5, 2019.

The UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft belonged to the Minnesota National Guard 34th Combat Aviation Brigade and operated from the Army Aviation Safety Facility in St. Cloud Municipal Airport (STC). The aircraft was nine minutes into a maintenance test flight south of the facility when radio contact with air traffic controllers was lost. The flight crew sent a mayday signal.

The wreckage was found between trees on a farm in Kimball. The three soldiers on board were killed. "Our Minnesota National Guard family is devastated by the deaths of these soldiers," said the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard Jon Jensen in a statement. Investigators from the US Army were sent to determine the cause of the crash.