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Jason Grogan and Erik Boyce killed in helicopter crash near Farm-to-Market Road 876 and Bell Branch Road in Ellis County, Texas

Modified Date: 
Sat, 07/30/2016 - 12:24pm
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

2 Killed in Ellis County Helicopter Crash: County EMS

The aircraft went went down near Farm-to-Market Road 876 and Bell Branch Road, close to Italy, at about noon Wednesday, according to Trooper Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

It is unclear if any other people were on board.

Fatalities reported in Ellis Co. helicopter crash

Bell Helicopter confirmed fatalities after its aircraft crashed. A source tells News 8 three helicopters were flying in formation when the incident happened.

Crashed Helicopter Came From Experimental Facility

But a company statement indicates that the crash was part of an ongoing effort with the company’s test labs to make a new, sophisticated civilian helicopter called the 525 Relentless. 

Family mourns pilot killed in Ellis County helicopter crash

Jason Grogan was one of the pilots on board Bell’s 525 Relentless Helicopter that burst into flames during a test flight.

Test pilots killed in helicopter crash were Marine reservists

Majs. Erik Boyce and Jason Grogan died in the July 6 crash, according to officials at Marine Corps Forces Reserve. Both men flew AH-1W Super Cobras in the Marine Corps. 

People Involved: 
Jason Grogan
Erik Boyce

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