Mechanical failure, human error cited in Guard helicopter crash

Updated: August 05, 2020 09:41 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard says mechanical failure and human error led to the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter that killed three Guard members last December.


The Guard released a summary on Wednesday that said the crew was conducting a maximum power check on the number one engine near St. Cloud. That engine failed during the check, and the number two engine was in the idle setting, causing a dual engine-out condition.

The summary also says the maintenance test pilot failed to respond to a critical situation during the routine maintenance test flight.

The three crew members killed were Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord and Warrant Officer Candidate Kort M. Plantenberg.

KSTP-TV reports the investigation suggested possible action against the mechanic who installed the part that failed in the engine and the inspector. It also recommends additional training for National Guard pilots in emergency procedures. 

The Minnesota National Guard interim adjutant general said he hopes the conclusion of the investigation brings closure and peace to the grieving families. 

The Associated Press contribute to this report. 

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