Hebbronville, Texas—Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed Wednesday morning that they are investigating a mid-air collision between two helicopters in southern Duval County near the city of Hebbronville that left 2 people dead.
The incident took place above a private ranch and occurred during what officials are calling “scheduled wildlife management operations.” A total of 3 helicopters were being used to capture deer using a common netting technique used by wildlife managers. Two of the helicopters reportedly came into contact with each other during flight operations.
While two of the helicopters were able to land, a third crashed into the ground killing one person on the scene. Another was transported to an Alice hospital via medical helicopter where the victim there later died from injuries sustained in the crash.
The NTSB confirmed that a “go-team” has been dispatched to the scene to gather information and data from the crash site. A preliminary report with limited information will be available within a few days, while a conclusive report will take several months to complete.