31 Dec '16, 10am

Victims of Texas @NationalGuard helicopter crash recovered

Victims of Texas @NationalGuard helicopter crash recovered

HOUSTON — Army officials said Thursday they recovered the bodies of two soldiers killed when a Texas Army National Guard helicopter broke apart on a routine training mission and crashed into Galveston Bay about 25 miles southeast of Houston. Besides searching for the missing crewmen, recovery teams also used a crane on a barge to retrieve parts of the wrecked Apache aircraft. Witnesses said the helicopter was flying unusually low Wednesday afternoon when they heard a loud noise, saw it break up and plunge into in the bay about 25 yards offshore near a vacant cruise ship terminal. The Army's Centralized Accident Investigative Team based at Fort Rucker, Alabama, was en route, Maj. Gen. John Nichols, adjutant general of the Texas National Guard, said. "The team of experts will help us determine the cause of the accident," he said Thursday. "If this was preventable, we want to...

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