Clipped From The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
Two die as craft explodes GARDEN CITY (A) — Two Army helicopter pilots died when their aircraft, returning to Texas from an ill-fated training exercise in California, crashed and exploded on a West Texas ranch, army officials and law officers said. Authorities at Fort Hood, the huge central Texas installation where the helicopter was based, withheld the names of the dead men until their relatives could be notified. The Cobra AH-IS gunship was part of a three-ship formation returning from Operation Gallant Eagle at Fort Irwin, Calif, when it "lost some parts in midair" as it flew over the Glass Ranch, according to ranch co-owner Larry Glass. The two other helicopters landed to try to help but the craft exploded, Glass said.