3 dead in Northern Kendall County helicopter crash

Robinson R-44 helicopter crashes late Thursday night

Published On: Oct 12 2012 11:08:19 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2012 05:45:39 PM CDT

The Department of Public Safety is investigating a helicopter crash Friday morning that killed three people in Kendall County.

Kendall County Sheriff Chief Deputy Matt King said his department received a call around 10 p.m. on Thursday for a missing helicopter belonging to a Seguin company.

DPS officials confirmed the crash happened in rural area near Ranch Road 1888 and FM 1376, five to 10 miles south of Luckenbach.

The helicopter had been en route from Midland to Seguin and stopped in Fredericksburg for fuel, according to Kendall County sheriff's spokesman Matt King.

King said the Robinson R44 helicopter was believed to have left Fredericksburg at approximately 7:30 p.m. and the emergency beacon was activated at approximately 8 p.m.

The owner of the aircraft was in Seguin when he was notified of the beacon activation, King said. The owner flew another helicopter from Seguin to Fredericksburg to begin a search.

The search continued through the night by Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, local volunteer fire department and emergency medical personnel and the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office. 

A helicopter from the Texas DPS also assisted in the search overnight.

King said the crash site was located by another aircraft Friday morning in a heavily wooded rural area with extremely rough terrain.

The identities of the three people -- two men and one woman -- have not been released, pending notification of their families.

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials have been notified.