Two soldiers were killed when a U.S. Army AH-64D Apache helicopter went down in the water near La Porte, a U.S. Army spokesperson confirmed.
According to ABC News, officials responded to Port Road near Highway 146 just before 4pm. Dispatchers could be heard saying, “Possible helicopter explosion and crash into the bay operating on fire.” When first responders arrived to the scene, most of the wreckage from the aircraft could barely be seen above the water.
A spokesman for the Texas Army National Guard confirmed the two men were pilots based out of the 1-149th Attack Helicopter Battalion at Ellington Field.
The AH-64D was reportedly conducting a training flight when it crashed.