One Dead After Helicopter Crash At A&M

(January 12, 2009)—One person is confirmed dead and four others are injured after a Texas Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crashed Monday afternoon on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

Three injured crewmen were taken to College Station Medical Center in critical condition.

The fourth survivor was taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Bryan.

The helicopter went down in a field near the Corps of Cadets Quadrangle.

It happened during an ROTC field training exercise that involved as many as five helicopters.

One of those aboard was Army lieutenant assigned to A&M's ROTC unit.

No students were among the injured, a university spokesman said.

Scott Walker, who witnessed the crash, said he saw two helicopters lift off about 3 p.m.

The first one took off without trouble, but Walker said the second seemed to go out of control and started spinning.

He said the helicopter suddenly dropped straight down into the ground."

Multiple emergency agencies responded to the crash site.

Some roads in the area were blocked.

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