The Texas Army National Guard released the names of the two soldiers killed in the Apache Crash at the Bayport Cruise Terminal near La Porte, Texas.
Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dustin Lee Mortenson, 32, of League City, Texas, who was an aviation material officer. He is survived by his wife Ruth Mortenson, also of League City.
Also dead is Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lucas Maurice Lowe, 33, of Hardin, Texas who was an aircraft maintenance officer. He is survived by his wife, Kami Bush, also of Hardin.
Both soldiers died of injuries sustained during the crash at approximately 3:50 p.m. and were on official status when their aircraft went down. They were assigned to the 1-149th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 36th Infantry Division.- TXARNG Press Release
The cause of the crash is still unknown at this time and a centralized accident investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, headquartered in Fort Rucker, will be conducting the investigation.
Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, the Adjutant General of Texas National Guard, made this statement in regards to the crash today:
On behalf of the Texas Military Department, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the families of two Texas Army National Guard pilots we lost yesterday during a training mission. The loss of these Guardsmen will be deeply felt across our entire force,” said Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols. “Our top priority remains with supporting their families and all investigative efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this tragic time.”
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