Houston police helicopter crash kills dad-of-two cop and injures pilot responding to call about bodies in bayou – The Sun

A POLICE officer died and another was critically injured in a helicopter crash early Saturday morning.

Tactical flight officer Jason Knox was tragically killed in the crash at an apartment complex in Texas, the Houston Police Department said Friday.

Department Chief Art Acevedo identified Knox as the fallen officer in a statement to the Associated Press on Saturday.

"Jason will be missed but we will carrying him in our hearts and in our memories," Acevedo said.

"We will forge ahead as a department & as an Air Unit, because Jason would demand it of us.

"When knocked down this man always got back up."

The father of two was memorialized as a "good man" and is survived by his wife and children.

Meanwhile, the HPD pilot was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital and underwent surgery Saturday morning.

The pilot, whose name wasn't immediately released, was "very banged up", according to Acevedo, who told KPRC the department is "hopeful" he will survive.

Both men were aboard a police helicopter when it clipped part of the clubhouse of a Houston apartment complex at around 2am Saturday.

The chopper was supposed to help search for bodies floating in a nearby bayou, which was prompted by a tip that the police chief described as a "bogus call".

The officers were trapped in "mangled" wreckage for nearly an hour before being cut out by city firefighters.

None of the residents inside the apartment complex were injured.

The Houston Police Department, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Agency will all conduct investigations.

HPD will shut down flights until further notice as a precautionary measure as the investigation continues, Acevedo said.

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