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Texas Army National Guard Helicopter crashes near Houston​

HOUSTON (Dec. 28, 2016) - At approximately 3:50 p.m., a Texas Army National Guard AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed into the water, off the Bayport Cruise Terminal. Two Soldiers were on board the routine training flight. The Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Coast Guard air and boat crews, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Fire Department, Port of Houston Authority and Harris County Sheriff's Department boat crew responded to the crash and immediately started search and rescue operations. 

It is with our deepest regrets that we announce both service members on board the aircraft are deceased. We are working on notifying their next of kin through proper military protocols and cannot release their names at this time.

Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with their families. The incident is under investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available, through the Texas Military Department State Public Affairs Office.


The mission of the Texas Military Department (TMD) is to provide the Governor and the President with ready and trained forces in support of the citizens of Texas and State and Federal civil/military authorities at home and abroad.

The Texas Military Department is commanded by the Adjutant General of Texas, the state's senior military official appointed by the governor, and is comprised of the Texas Military Department (formerly the Adjutant General's Department), the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG), the Texas State Guard (TXSG) and the Domestic Operations Command (DOMOPS).

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Texas Military Department Public Affairs
P.O. Box 5218, Building 10
Camp Mabry (Austin), Texas 78703
Phone: 512-782-5620