Perham Man Identified as One of Three Guard Members Killed in Helicopter Crash
Zeke Fuhrman | Dec 7, 2019 AT 2:49 pm
ST. PAUL (KDLM) - The Minnesota National Guard says the three soldiers who were killed when their helicopter crashed near St. Cloud were part of a unit that returned last May from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.
The Guard on Saturday identified the men killed in Thursday's crash as Chief Warrant Officers 2nd Class James Rogers Jr. and Charles Nord, and Sgt. Kort Plantenberg. Nord was a Perham native who leaves a wife and one child. They were expecting their second child.
They were killed when their Black Hawk crashed in a field about 15 miles southwest of St. Cloud, which is where they had taken off from.
The Guard says the crash happened during a routine maintenance test flight.