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Mechanical failure, human error cited in Guard copter crash

File photo of aftermath of crash, courtesy KSTP-TV
File photo of aftermath of crash, courtesy KSTP-TV(Dakota News Now)
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 8:13 AM CDT
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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 St. Cloud Times reports the summary did not include names of any of the positions listed.

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