Two soldiers were killed just before 4 p.m. Wednesday when an Apache helicopter crashed into Galveston Bay near Bayport Terminal. The servicemen were on a routine training flight, according to officials.
One of the soldiers, Luke Maurice Lowe, 33, has been identified by his family.
The name of the second soldier has not yet been released.
“It is with our deepest regrets that we announce both service members on board the aircraft are deceased,” the Texas Army National Guard said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with their families.”
Chief Warrant Officer Glen Webb confirmed the AH 64 Apache helicopter was from the 149th Attack Helicopter Battalion, based out of nearby Ellington Field. Training flights over Galveston Bay are a common occurrence, according to Click2Houston.
It remains unclear at this time what caused the crash, if a black box recorder has been located in the wreckage, or if the helicopter had any known mechanical issues.
“Since we do not know the cause of the accident, we can’t speculate on anything like that. All we know is our pilots are highly trained, highly qualified veterans that have been flying this aircraft for many years,” said Master Sgt. Sean Cowher.
Officials are still investigating the crash and interviewing witnesses.