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Three passed away in Texas helicopter crash

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While authorities announced the names of the two National Guard soldiers and a Border Patrol agent who were killed in the crash of a helicopter flying over the U.S.-Mexico border, a New York National Guard soldier who suffered critical injuries in the incident remained hospitalized on Sunday.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Casey Frankoski, 28, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Grassia, 30, both of the New York National Guard, as well as Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna, 49, were the three people died in the crash on Friday near Rio Grande City. The inquiry into the crash’s cause is still ongoing.

The UH-72 Lakota helicopter, which was supporting Customs and Border Protection, was part of Joint Task Force North, a military unit, when it went down. It was assigned to the federal government’s border security duty.

The National Guard Bureau stated that the wounded soldier was a member of the New York National Guard. The chief of the aircraft crew was the soldier, whose identity is being withheld. According to a press release issued by the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs, the soldier stayed in the hospital.

According to the press release, Major General Ray Shields, the adjutant general of New York, expressed his shock and despair over the loss of Frankoski and Grassia and expressed his prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured crew chief.

In a statement, Commissioner Troy Miller of the United States Customs and Border Patrol said that he was “heartbroken” by Luna’s passing. Luna is left by his wife, two children, parents, and brother.

In a statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas expressed the department’s “deepest condolences” to the families of the deceased and expressed hope for the injured national guardsman’s “swift recovery.”

According to the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs, Grassia, a state trooper from Schenectady, New York, enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in 2013 as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter maintenance expert. According to the press release, Rensselaer, New York resident Frankoski enrolled in the New York Army National Guard in 2016 and underwent training to become a pilot for the UH-60 Black Hawk and UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, expressed her “deep sadness” for Grassia and Frankoski’s deaths in a statement.

“There is no greater calling than service to and defense of your country,” she said.

Frankoski and Grassia were allocated to 1st Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment, Detachment 2, Company A. Luna was posted to the Rio Grande City Station of the Border Patrol.

According to a notification from the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs, the helicopter involved in the incident belonged to the District of Columbia Army National Guard.

Both state and federal law enforcement agencies actively police the border region, often utilizing aircraft surveillance.

According to authorities at the time, a Texas Department of Public Safety aircraft that was monitoring the state’s border with Mexico in January crashed after losing power. The helicopter was severely damaged, and the co-pilot only had a minor hand injury. The helicopter was flying as part of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s almost $10 billion border operation, Operation Lone Star, which has put the federal government’s control over immigration to the test.

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