Steven Skoda Wiki – Steven Skoda Bio
Steven Skoda was from Rochester and was a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. Skoda dies in New York Helicopter Crash.
Two other officers identified as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Prial, according to Col. Richard Goldenberg, public affairs officer for the New York National Guard.
He was 57 years old.
Steven Skoda Career
He served in the Army for two years, between 1985 and 1987. He joined the National Guard in 1987 and became a pilot five years later.
Skoda was an experienced helicopter pilot with nearly 5,000 flying hours, who served as a UH-60 senior instructor pilot and an instrument flight instructor and a UH-60 maintenance test pilot.
Since 1999, he worked as a full-time National Guard technician at the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Greater Rochester International Airport, as well as serving as a member of C Company of the 171st General Support Aviation Battalion.
A National Guard technician is a federal employee who must also serve in the National Guard as a condition of employment, a National Guard spokesman explained.
Skoda was also a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and was deployed there in 2013 and 2019.
Skoda “was a friend and mentor to all the soldiers in his unit, supporting the training and career progressions of hundreds of aircrews throughout his career,” Goldenberg said in a news release.
New York Helicopter Crash
According to preliminary 911 reports, “there were calls of sputtering sounds of an engine, and that the aircraft was flying very low, more low than normal,” said Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter.
Shortly after the calls, there were reports of a crash.
The helicopter crashed into a field near West Bloomfield Road, between Cheese Factory and Boughton Hill roads. While houses are located nearby, it did not appear that any buildings were damaged.
The helicopter’s flight path was not immediately available.