Black Hawk crash victim was recent Texas A&M grad

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - A recent Texas A&M University graduate has been identified as the victim killed in the crash of an Army Black Hawk helicopter on the A&M campus.

Friends of 22-year-old Zachary Cook of Lufkin say he had dreamed of flying helicopters and was celebrating his recent Army commission.

He was killed when the UH-60 helicopter in which he was flying crashed yesterday afternoon near the Corps of Cadets field on the campus. The other four people aboard were injured in the crash.

They were a crew from the Texas Army National Guard.

The Guard identifies the injured as 31-year-old 1st Lt. Ellis W. Taylor of Buda (BOO'-dah), 41-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew J. Smith of Leander; 24-year-old Sgt. Richard D. Ravenscraft of Austin; and 42-year-old Sgt. Charles C. Mitts of Spring.

Guard officials say Smith and Mitts are hospitalized in critical condition, while Taylor and Ravenscraft are in stable condition.

A Facebook group called Memory of Zac is available for friends to display their favorite memories, words of love and pictures.

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