Second Soldier Dies After Black Hawk Crash

By: Associated Press and Kristen Ross Email
By: Associated Press and Kristen Ross Email

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A Black Hawk helicopter crash on the campus of Texas A&M has claimed a second life.

Sgt. Charles C. Mitts, 42, of Spring, Texas, died Wednesday night at Memorial Hermann Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Ann Brimberry said.

Mitts was one of five soldiers aboard the UH-60 when it crashed Monday afternoon shortly after takeoff during a routine training exercise.

Mitts, who served with the Texas Army National Guard, was deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007.

"Of course it's always a tough time for those that are left behind," CPT. Adam Collett said. "When we lose one of our fellow service members they do ban together, it's time like these where everyone really pulls together to support each other. "

The crash also killed 2nd Lt. Zachary Cook, 22, a recent Texas A&M graduate. The three others aboard were injured, but are listed in stable condition.

Investigators from Fort Rucker, Ala., have arrived for the inquiry into the crash.

Classes resume Tuesday following the winter break.

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