HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police helicopter crashed early Saturday, killing one of many two officers on board and critically injuring the opposite, officers stated.
A pilot and tactical flight officer had been aboard a police helicopter when it crashed at an condominium advanced round 2 a.m. They had been flown to a hospital the place the tactical flight officer died, police Chief Artwork Acevedo stated hours after the crash throughout a information convention the place he was joined by town’s mayor, Sylvester Turner.
The division later tweeted that the officer who died was Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox. He’s survived by a spouse and two younger youngsters, who had been on the hospital alongside along with his mother and father and in-laws, Acevedo stated on the information convention.
“Jason will likely be missed however we’ll carry him in our hearts and in our reminiscences. We’ll forge forward as a division & as an Air Unit, as a result of Jason would demand it of us. When knocked down this man at all times bought again up,” the chief stated in a press release accompanying the discharge of Knox’s title.
The pilot, whose title wasn’t instantly launched, underwent surgical procedure and was “very banged up,” however police had been hopeful he would survive, Acevedi stated, noting that investigators nonetheless didn’t know what prompted the crash.
There have been no accidents to anybody on the bottom on the condominium advanced, a masked Acevedo instructed reporters.
The helicopter was supposed to help with a seek for our bodies in a close-by bayou, which was prompted by a tip that the police chief characterised as “in all probability a bogus name — we don’t know.”
The officers had been trapped in “mangled” wreckage earlier than being reduce out by metropolis firefighters who labored for about an hour, Acevedo stated, praising the hearth division as “phenomenal.”
Acevedo recognized two silver linings on the first information convention: Whereas the wreckage was “fairly important,” it didn’t catch fireplace, and the helicopter averted placing occupied condominium buildings. It did clip the Biscayne at Cityview advanced’s clubhouse, he stated.
The police division is shutting down flights till it has an opportunity to reassess within the coming days, and will likely be counting on the Texas Division of Public Security and Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace for flight help within the interim.
Acevedo recognized the helicopter as “75 Fox.”
“It’s fairly ironic that yesterday we graduated a category and we had Fox fly out as a result of we had COVID, so we couldn’t do your conventional commencement so we needed to do one thing particular,” Acevedo stated. “And if anyone had instructed me that a couple of hours later that we had an plane down and we’d lose a very good man, I might have stated ‘No approach.’”
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board and Federal Aviation Administration will examine, Acevedo stated, whereas the police division conducts a parallel murder investigation.
Turner, the mayor, known as on the folks of town “to proceed to raise up, primary, each households, however particularly raise up the household of the police officer who has died this morning. After which on the similar time raise up the complete HPD household.”
Acevedo famous that pictures rang out throughout the road from the scene at round three a.m. Six folks had been taken into custody, he stated. Acevedo confused that police had no data indicating that the helicopter might need been taken down by hostile motion.