Eyewitness Accounts of Crash on A&M Campus

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Although students at Texas A&M are still on winter break, plenty of people witnessed the horrific events unfold with the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter on Texas A&M's campus.

"I saw it come above the tree line," eyewitness Greg Dyer said

"It climbed about a hundred feet. Then, he came straight down like a corkscrew," according to John Centeno. "It was fast. I mean fast. You could hear the blades cutting through the wind as it hit the ground. You felt it shake. It just flew debris all over the place."

It's a sight Centeno could have never expected to see. He was sitting in his car in a nearby parking lot when the chopper came crashing down.

"It was just mangled. There was stuff pinning everyone," Centeno said.

He says smoke engulfed the whole area as he and others ran in to help. But it's what he heard and saw next that Centeno says is hard to forget.

"The pilots were in front. One was all bloodied in the face and he could barely move and he was moaning," Centeno said.

Within minutes, emergency personnel, students and passers by lined the streets trying to get a glimpse of what happened.

"I was driving down George Bush and saw all the sirens and flashing lights and looked over and wasn't really sure what I was looking at, and then I realized, 'oh that's a helicopter,'" student Erin Elise Wilson said.

"It's kind of shattering to know something like that can happen where we all attend so often," Aggie Brian Allen added.

A tragedy Allen says he thinks could have been much worse had school already been back in session.

"You usually see a lot of people in this field as far as recreation," Allen said. "I think it was a big blessing no one was there today, at least not as many people."

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