U.S. Army officials say four people have died in a helicopter crash at Fort Hood.
A statement from the Fort Hood public affairs office says a UH-60 helicopter aircraft carrying four crew members crashed sometime after 5:49 p.m. Monday in the northeast portion of the sprawling Texas military post.
Emergency crews located the scene of the incident and reported that the four crew members were found dead.
Officials say the crew was assigned to Division West, First Army, and were on a routine training mission at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash is unknown. A board will be assigned to investigate.
The names of the crew members will be released pending notification of their families.
Governor Greg Abbott issued this statement:
“Cecilia and I extend our sincerest condolences to the families of the four soldiers who tragically lost their lives in preparation for defending our country. Whether at home or abroad, our soldiers put their lives on the line every day to secure the freedoms we hold dear in Texas and the United States of America. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and with the military community at Fort Hood during this difficult time.”
No further details on the crash were immediately available.
This report was provided by the Associated Press.