Ft. Rucker team sent to investigate fatal helicopter crash

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(CNN Newsource) — A U.S. Army safety investigation team from Fort Rucker is looking into a fatal helicopter crash from last Thursday.

The Minnesota National Guard released new information about the three soldiers killed in Thursday’s Black Hawk helicopter crash.

The UH-60 Black Hawk went down in Stearns County after takeoff on what the guard described as a routine maintenance test flight.

28-year-old Sgt. Kort Plantenberg, 30-year-old CW2 Charles Nord, and 28-year-old CW2 James Rogers Jr. were killed in the crash.

All three soldiers had returned from a nine-month deployment in the Middle East in May.

They were assigned to a unit in st. Cloud.

The crew was conducting a maintenance test flight just after 2 p.m. when they lost contact with air traffic controllers, according to CNN affiliate WCCO.

A mayday call was put out, and about 90 minutes after it went missing, the helicopter was found tangled in trees on a farm.

It is not known when military officials will release more information.

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