Blackhawk Helicopter Crashes At Texas A&M

An Army Blackhawk helicopter crashed into a field near the Corps of Cadets quad on the campus of Texas A&M University on Jan. 12, 2009. KBTX

One person died when an Army Blackhawk helicopter crashed into a field near the Corps of Cadets quad on the campus of Texas A&M University Monday afternoon, injuring four others on board, according to CBS station KBTX in College Station, Texas.

The Army UH-60 Blackhawk had a crew of five on board, including four members of the Army National Guard and one member of the ROTC staff at Texas A&M who is a recent graduate, according to Texas A&M officials. The helicopter was reportedly taking off when it fell abruptly back to the ground.

According to the College Station fire department, three of the four wounded had critical injuries, KBTX reported.

Some of the injured were taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, others to the College Station Medical Center.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene at Duncan Field where the crash took place.

The Texas Department of Public Safety or the Army will be taking command of the scene, according to CSFD.

KBTX's Blake Mathews reported that at about 1:30 p.m., there were five helicopters on the ground, with three at one point taking off together and flying away. An hour later, around 2:30 p.m., two were still on the ground, with one about to take off.

The helicopter, along with 190 cadets in the university's Corps of Cadets, was participating in the ROTC Winter Field Training Exercises taking place at the university, KBTX reported.

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