Press resources for Minnesota National Guard helicopter crash

UPDATE: August 5, 2020Minnesota National Guard releases summary of investigation results from 2019 helicopter accident

At 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, a Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter took off from the St. Cloud Airport to conduct a routine maintenance flight. Shortly after takeoff, the pilots initiated a MAYDAY call and contact was lost with the aircraft. Local emergency responders initiated a search and rescue operation and located the downed aircraft southwest of St. Cloud at 4:15 p.m. The three Minnesota National Guard members on board the helicopter were confirmed deceased.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr. | Photo | Bio | Funeral Information

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord | Photo | Bio | Funeral Information

Warrant Officer Candidate. Kort M. Plantenberg | Photo | Bio | Funeral Information

Statement from the family of Warrant Officer Candidate Kort M. Plantenberg

B-roll downloads: (The Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System requires a login to download, anyone can create an account for free)

Minnesota National Guardsmen rehearse Medevac in the Middle East –

MEDEVAC Training –

C. Company 2-211 GSAB AA –

Photo downloads:

Unit photo:

Memorial Ceremony, Dec. 8, 2019, at Fort Hood, Texas, for 3 Guardsmen killed –

Sun Sets as the Bird Rises –

From the Flight Line to the Lab –

Middle East Air Ambulance –

Middle East Air Ambulance –

CNGB Biathlon Championship –

C Co. 2-211 Medevac 101 training in the Middle East –

MedEvac conducts live hoist operations with military working dogs –

Additional Resources

Social media graphic

Dec. 7, 2019 – Minnesota National Guard identifies three soldiers killed

Dec. 6, 2019 – Minnesota National Guard to hold press conference Saturday

UH-60 Black Hawk fact sheet

Minnesota National Guard logo