Blackhawk helicopter crash at Texas A&M University

Zac Cook
Zac Cook

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - An Army Blackhawk helicopter has crashed in a field on the campus of Texas A & M University. KTRE's East Texas News has confirmed that Zachary Cook, a former Lufkin High School student and recent Texas A&M graduate, was killed in that crash.

The names of the other four injured in the crash have not been released. No one was hurt on the ground when the helicopter crashed this afternoon near the Corps of Cadets field on the school's College Station campus.  That's about 100 miles northwest of Houston.

A Texas A&M spokesman says a crew of four and an Army lieutenant assigned to the school's ROTC unit were aboard.  No students were among the injured.

A hospital spokeswoman says three victims were in critical condition. The condition of the fourth survivor wasn't immediately known. The helicopter had been participating in ROTC Winter Field Training Exercises.

Witnesses told the Bryan-College Station Eagle they saw five Black Hawk helicopters taking off and landing throughout the day.

Scott Walker said one of two helicopters he watched lift off seemed to lose control and start spinning, Walker said.

"All of a sudden he dropped straight back down into the ground," Walker told the newspaper.

The helicopter, along with 190 cadets in the university's Corps of Cadets, the school's own officer training unit, were participating in the ROTC Winter Field Training Exercises.

The U.S. Military has taken over the investigation.

Students are on winter break, with classes set to resume Jan. 20.

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