Three wildlife researchers lost their lives in a helicopter crash in West Texas while conducting an aerial survey, officers mentioned.
Carter Smith, the TPWD executive director, mentioned in an announcement the 3 researchers spent years documenting as well as researching the state’s wildlife.
The pilot, a private contractor, survived the incident and was rushed to an El Paso hospital, the organization mentioned. The condition of the pilot is not public as of Sunday night.
Wildlife biologist Dewey Stockbridge, fish and wildlife technician Brandon White and state wildlife veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar were conducting a research on desert bighorn sheep in Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County on Saturday. Their helicopter crashed during the survey, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department mentioned in an announcement.
“No words can to specify the depth of sorrow we really feel for the loss of our colleagues due to this tragic accident,” he mentioned in an announcement. “Wildlife conservation in Texas lost 3 of its best. As they so honorably and dutifully carried out their calling to assist survey, monitor and defend the bighorns of their beloved west Texas mountains.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Texas Game Wardens are investigating the helicopter crash.
Gov. Greg Abbott requested Texans to always remember the researchers in their heart.
“Our hearts ache today for those who died due to this tragic accident,” he mentioned in an announcement.
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