2 Dead After Military Helicopter Crashes in Galveston Bay

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An Army Air National Guard helicopter crashed into the water off El Jardin Beach Wednesday afternoon killing two, the Army Air National Guard confirmed.

The victims were not identified.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick said the Apache helicopter based at nearby Ellington Field was carrying two people.

Witnesses told KHOU the aircraft was flying unusually low Wednesday afternoon and broke apart in the air.

Debris was reported scattered over a section of the bay along with an oil slick. Divers were in the water where the wheels of the chopper poked above the surface about 25 yards from shore and a vacant cruise ship terminal in La Porte.

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SOURCE: USA Today; KHOU-TV, Houston, Grace White

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