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All onboard killed after army helicopter crashes to the ground mid-flight

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Everyone onboard a military helicopter has been killed in a crash in the United States.

The UH-60 Black Hawk, being flown by three members of the Idaho Army National Guard, came down south of Lucky Peak close to the city of Boise, Idaho.

All three personnel aboard were pilots participating in a routine training flight at about 8pm on Tuesday evening, officials said in a press release.

It was snowing in the area at the time of the crash, which occurred in a mountainous region, ABC News reports.

"This is a tremendous loss to the Idaho National Guard and our community," said Major General Michael Garshak, adjutant general of Idaho and commander of the Idaho National Guard.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones as we work through this tragedy."

Colonel Christopher Burt, the Guard's state aviation officer, confirmed the helicopter had last been contacted at 7:45pm on Tuesday.

The aircraft's emergency transmitter locator device was activated shortly afterwards.

Emergency aircraft recovery teams, including air and ground search and rescue crews, rushed to the scene and discovered the bodies of the pilots by 12:15am.

There were no survivors.

"There was snow," Lt. Col. Christopher Borders, spokesman for the Idaho National Guard, told ABC News.

"It's been poor conditions on and off throughout the period. It hampered our initial air search efforts when we were notified that the emergency locator had triggered.

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"As a result we immediately launched a ground crew to search."

The names of the dead will be released once their next of kin have been notified.

An investigation into the circumstances of the crash is now underway.

The tragedy comes just two weeks after three soldiers died in another crash involving a UH-60, which went down during a routine training mission in New York.

The helicopter crashed into a field in Mendon on January 20, sparking a large grass fire on impact.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene but everyone onboard the aircraft, which was engulfed in flames, was killed.

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