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Borderline Tragedy: Helicopter Crash Claims Three Lives

Borderline Tragedy: Helicopter Crash Claims Three Lives
Reuters

In a tragic incident that has shaken the community near the US-Mexico border, three individuals have been confirmed dead following a helicopter crash. The crash occurred near the border town of La Grulla, Texas, and involved a National Guard Lakota UH-72 helicopter.

The victims have been identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Casey Frankoski, 28, of Rensselaer, New York; Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Grassia, 30, of Schenectady; and Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna. The helicopter was part of a routine operation when it went down, and the cause of the crash is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The incident took place on Friday afternoon, and emergency services were quick to respond to the scene. However, despite their efforts, there were no survivors. A fourth individual was injured in the crash and is currently receiving medical treatment.

The National Guard Bureau and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have expressed their condolences to the families of the deceased. The community has also come together to mourn the loss of these individuals who served their country.

As the investigation continues, questions about the safety of such operations and the reliability of the equipment used are being raised. This tragic event serves as a reminder of the risks faced by those who protect and serve the nation's borders¹²³.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims during this difficult time.