UPDATE: The Minnesota National Guard has confirmed the helicopter crashed in Stearns County, per CBS Minnesota. It is unclear if there are any survivors.
The National Guard has reportedly lost contact with a helicopter based out of St. Cloud, Minnesota, KARE-TV reports.
Officials reportedly lost contact with the UH60 Black Hawk helicopter Thursday afternoon while it was around 10 miles southwest of the St. Cloud Airport. It was reportedly conducting a maintenance test flight at the time.
The National Guard Public Affairs Office has confirmed that they are searching for the helicopter and a rescue team has been deployed, per KSTP-TV. Three people were reportedly onboard.
The St. Cloud Times, citing emergency scanner traffic, says that the helicopter called mayday shortly after takeoff.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.
A State Patrol Cirrus aircraft, equipped with thermal imaging cameras, is also helping in the search.
— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) December 5, 2019