Transcript for Army National Guard Black Hawk goes missing
hour, the U.S. Army national Guard black hawk going down in St. Cloud, Minnesota, sending out a mayday just minutes after takeoff, disappearing from radar. Is the black hawk, like this one here, with three crew onboard. The search revealing the wreckage a short time ago, burned against the snow there. ABC's David Kerley covers aviation, with what we know so far. Reporter: Tonight, as darkness was falling, the search for a missing army black hawk helicopter ended with a grim discovery. It's a catastrophic crash. There is dark marks all along in the tree line. Reporter: The burned wreckage discovered just inside a tree line after an intense search. Helicopter in may the day. They're not seeing it on the radar at all. Reporter: The Minnesota National Guard black hawk, with three onboard, took off from its base at the St. Cloud airport mid-afternoon. About nine minutes later, according to emergency radio calls, the mayday was called in with the helicopter 10 to 15 miles southwest of its base. Can we get some other transportation out here, in case we have to go out into the wilderness? Any snowmobiles that maybe we should get pointed in that direction? Reporter: Even before the discovery of the wreckage, the Minnesota National Guard tweeted, "Our thoughts are with our soldiers and their families at this time." The black hawk is the army's workhorse helicopter. In September, one crashed at ft. Polk, Louisiana, killing one of the four soldiers onboard there. Let's get to David Kerley, with us live tonight, as well. And David, investigators on the scene of the wreckage tonight? Reporter: We expect they will be and get their first good look at first light tomorrow, David. We know there was snow on the ground, but weather may not have been a factor. The skies were clear. However, we have learned that this crew was on a maintenance flight. They may have been checking out a recent repair. David Kerley with us, as well. Thank you, David.
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