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Remaining victim of Texas Army helicopter crash recovered

December 30, 2016 09:25 PM

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Army officials say searchers have recovered the body of the second soldier killed when a Texas Army National Guard helicopter broke apart on a routine training mission and crashed into Galveston Bay about 25 miles southeast of Houston.

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Witnesses said the Apache helicopter based at nearby Ellington Field broke up in the air Wednesday and plunged into the bay about 25 yards offshore near a vacant cruise ship terminal. The Army identified the two crewmen killed as 32-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dustin Lee Mortenson, of League City, and 33-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lucas Maurice Lowe, of Hardin.

An Army team from Fort Rucker, Alabama, is investigating. Officials have said it will be at least a month before any details of the investigation are released.

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