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The three National Guard members killed when a helicopter crashed in an upstate New York field this week were experienced pilots with past deployments to Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
Killed in the crash were Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, 54, of Rochester, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch, 39, of Honeoye Falls, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Prial, 30 of Rochester, according to the National Guard.
The UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter crashed in a farmer’s field near Mendon, south of Rochester, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. There were no survivors.
The crew had been conducting night vision goggle proficiency training in the local training area, the National Guard said. The helicopter was based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport.
Witnesses who called 911 reported hearing an engine sputtering and said the helicopter was flying very low.
It was just a few days ago that former Army player and coach, Tony Coaxum reached out, while at the same time posting on his Facebook page a video from one of the NBC Sports shows, “Brother From Another”, where the co-host Michael Smith shared that former Army football great Lyle Weaver is battling stage four lymphoma cancer.
Well, just this morning, Tony shared that Lyle had passed away.
Ukrainian police are investigating the killing of an American woman who was employed at the US Embassy in Kyiv, a police spokesperson told BuzzFeed News Wednesday.
The woman, who had suffered a large head injury, was found by a passerby on a street near Kyiv’s Nyvky Park outside the city center, Artem Shevchenko, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, said. The US Embassy sits on the eastern edge of the park and is only a half-mile away from where the woman was found.
Shevchenko said police were working to track down at least one male suspect they believe to be responsible for what he called a “deliberate murder.”
Shevchenko said the woman, who has not yet been officially identified, was wearing jogging clothes and earbuds when she was found.