U.S. border agent, 2 members of New York National Guard killed in Texas helicopter crash

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Rio Grande City, TEXAS — Two New York National Guard members died in a helicopter crash in Texas while patrolling the US-Mexico border on Friday.

John Grassia III, 30, was one of the victims who died when the UH-72 Lakota helicopter crashed near Rio Grande City, Texas.

He was also a New York State Police trooper, who joined the force in April 2022.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Casey Frankoski, 28, of Rensselaer, New York, was also killed in the fatal incident.

Grassia, a pilot, and Frankoski were assigned to Detachment 2, Company A, 1st of the 224th Aviation Regiment, New York Army National Guard.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent also died in the crash and another New York Army National Guard Soldier was seriously injured.

The army says the group was conducting “monitoring and detection” operations at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.