National Guard identifies soldiers killed in helicopter crash

National Guard identifies soldiers killed in helicopter crash
A military helicopter crashed in Mendon, NY Wednesday evening, killing three soldiers (Source: Emily Fasel)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WWNY) - The New York National Guard has released the names of its three members who died in a helicopter crash near Rochester earlier this week.

A National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport crashed Wednesday evening in the town of Mendon while on a routine training mission.

Killed were 54-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda of Rochester, 39-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch of Honeoye Falls near Rochester, and 30-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Prial, also of Rochester.

Officials said all three were experienced pilots with past deployments to Afghanistan.

The aircraft and crew were assigned to C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion. The crew had been conducting night vision goggle proficiency training.

An Army safety investigation team arrived Thursday from the Army Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, to investigate the crash.

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