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Texas Parks & Wildlife employees killed in Brewster County helicopter crash

Texas Parks & Wildlife also released new details into the crash
Published: Aug. 9, 2020 at 9:37 AM CDT
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BREWSTER CO, Texas (KOSA) - Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees were killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.

The information below comes from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Deparment:

“While conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep in West Texas on Saturday, Aug. 8, three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees died in a helicopter crash on TPWD’s Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County.

The victims include Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar. The pilot, a private contractor, survived the crash and was transported to El Paso for further treatment.

“No words can begin to express the depth of sadness we feel for the loss of our colleagues in this tragic accident,” said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. “These men were consummate professionals, deeply liked and highly regarded by their peers and partners alike for the immense passion, dedication, and expertise they brought to their important work in wildlife management and veterinary medicine. Wildlife conservation in Texas lost three of its finest as they so honorably and dutifully carried out their calling to help survey, monitor and protect the bighorns of their beloved west Texas mountains. We will miss Dewey, Brandon, and Dr. Bob deeply and dearly. All of us at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department send our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Stockbridge, White, and Dittmar families in the wake of this devastating tragedy and continue to pray for the health and recovery of the pilot.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Texas Game Wardens are currently investigating the incident. Further details will be shared with the public as they become available.

Governor Greg Abbott released a statement Sunday morning on the tragedy:

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also issued a statement:

ORIGINAL STORY:

A helicopter crashed in a remote part of southeastern Brewster County Saturday morning, that’s according to the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials report that the pilot of the chopper was flown to Alpine by a DPS aircraft after the crash and treated for injuries. No word on the pilot’s condition.

But investigators say that the three other passengers in the helicopter were killed.

Several units responded to the helicopter crash, those include Brewster County Sheriff’s Office, Texas DPS Aircraft Operations, Texas Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Border Patrol, Marathon Volunteer Fire Department, and civilian volunteers.

The Sheriff’s Office says that the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the B.C.S.O.

Saturday morning, Brewster County Deputies responded to a remote location, in Southeastern Brewster County, to...

Posted by Brewster County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, August 9, 2020

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