Following Monday's helicopter crash on the Texas A&M campus, University President Dr. Elsa Murano issued the following statement:
Message from President Elsa Murano
To: Texas A&M students, faculty and staff
The entire Aggie family is deeply saddened following the crash of a Blackhawk helicopter at Duncan Field on the Texas A&M University campus at about 3 p.m. today (Jan. 12).
Our thoughts and prayers go to the crew members involved in this tragedy, and especially to the family and friends of the crew member who reportedly died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
The University's Code Maroon emergency notification system was activated shortly after the crash. While students, faculty, staff and local residents were never in imminent danger, it was important to instruct people to avoid the area so that emergency responders and law enforcement personnel could secure the area and do their jobs.
Those on the scene at the time of the crash reported that the helicopter, which was participating with 190 members of our Corps of Cadets in ROTC Winter Field Training Exercises, fell to the ground shortly after lift-off.
Updated information will be posted to the Texas A&M website ( www.tamu.edu ) as it becomes available.