National Guard: 2 dead after military helicopter crashes in Galveston Bay

LA PORTE, TX (WCMH/AP) – The Texas Army National Guard has confirmed two soldiers were killed when a military helicopter crashed in the waters near Seabrook, Texas, on Wednesday.

Coast Guard divers searched the waters just off the shoreline of northern Galveston Bay in Texas after witnesses say a military helicopter broke up and crashed at about 3pm local time.

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

Authorities said the bodies of the two service members have been located, but their names have not yet been released.

Witnesses told Houston television stations the aircraft was flying unusually low Wednesday afternoon and broke apart in the air. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Debris was reported scattered over a section of the bay along with an oil slick. Divers have been 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.

The scene is about 25 miles southeast of downtown Houston.

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