Officials said on Friday that the three National Guard members killed when a helicopter crashed in northern New York this week were experienced pilots who had deployed to Afghanistan in the past.
According to the National Guard, the 54-year-old chief assurance officer 5 Steven Skoda of Rochester and the 39-year-old chief assurance officer 4 year old Christian Koch of Honiyev Falls were killed in the crash. And Rochester’s 30-year-old chief assurance officer 2 Daniel Prier.
The UH-60 “Black Hawk” medical evacuation helicopter crashed on a farmer’s field near Manden, south of Rochester, at about 6:30 pm on Wednesday. There are no survivors.
The National Guard said the crew has been conducting night vision goggles proficiency training in the local training area. The helicopter is located at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport.
Witnesses who called 911 reported hearing engine splashes and said the helicopter was flying very low.
The Army Security Investigation Team arrived at the scene from Rudburg, Alabama on Thursday.
Skoda served in the Army from 1985 to 1987 and joined the National Guard in 1987. He is a veteran of the Afghan war and was sent there in 2013 and 2019.
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He is a senior instructor pilot and maintenance test pilot for UH-60, flying nearly 5,000 hours, and serving as a National Guard technician full-time.
Koch, who has been guarding for 20 years, served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also a civilian pilot for the New York State Police. He said he was recently honored by the Red Cross for his role in the rescue of an 11-year-old boy who fell 100 feet from a ravine in June.
State police said that Koch’s wife and four children survived.
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Prial joined the Army in 2012 after receiving a commission from the U.S. Military Academy at Western Point.
He served as the head of the medical evacuation platoon in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division and deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015. He was appointed as the captain and then as the warrant officer of the guard to continue the flight. .
Prial serves as a federal technician in an aviation support organization.
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The bodies of the three were found from the crash site on Thursday and were accompanied by emergency personnel to the county medical inspector’s office. When the vehicles passed by, the residents took some flags to the air and saluted them.