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An Off-Duty TSA Agent Catches a Police Helicopter Crash on Film

An Off-Duty TSA Agent Catches a Police Helicopter Crash on Film

Ever wonder what TSA agents get up to when they’re off duty? One off-duty TSA agent in Houston, TX recently made headlines when they captured the devastating moment that a helicopter from the Houston Police Department crashed to the ground, killing one officer and leaving the other in critical condition.

Jauan Kenney, whose apartment was across the street from the crash site, filmed the crash early last Saturday morning and put it on the social media site TikTok.

“Wait, wait, wait, stop! No, no, no, no!”Kenney can be heard screaming in the video. “Oh my God, that helicopter just fell out of the sky.” In an interview with KPRC 2, Kenney recalled the moment as “scary. I have never seen anything like this happen before.”

This week, Kenney is speaking with investigators from the Houston Police Department about the video, which they consider an invaluable clue in their investigation into what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Agency and the Houston Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into the crash

The officers in the helicopter were looking for bodies reportedly found in a nearby bayou. The investigation into exactly why the crash happened could take weeks or months according to the officials involved.


[Image: Public Domain Pictures]

View Comments (10)


  1. Boggie Dog

    May 6, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Does it really matter that this person works for TSA? Would employment have been stated if the employer was a convenience store?

  2. ozgal

    May 7, 2020 at 5:02 am

    Why in God’s name would you post a Helicopter Accident (regardless of if you knew there were casualties or not) on TIKTOK?….Social Media has reduced us to IDIOTS.

  3. ND Sol

    May 7, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Why do you consider it noble to write and publish an article lauding the making of a film showing someone dying horrifically in a tragedy? Think of the police officer who was killed and his family. He was married and the father of two young children. I am a friend of his father, who was formerly also an HPD officer and is currently one of our councilmembers. Their son was their only child. To top it off, the stock photo is of a helicopter not even in the U.S., much less Texas.

  4. arcticflier

    May 7, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Why did this TSA agent not call 911 and report the location to authorities? Instead choosing to get 30-seconds of fame on TikTok.


  5. Riccardo92

    May 7, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    FlyerTalk, this is clickbait at its best. You touched a new low with publishing this article. Out of respect of the victims, and to save your reputation, please remove this article immediately.

  6. OMSHH

    May 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    @arcticflier. The way you phrased your comment implies you think Kenney (the person doing the recording) knew the helicopter was going to crash and knew that an officer will die as a result.

    Personally, I doubt he knew that.

  7. OMSHH

    May 7, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    @ND Sol: the making of a video showing the crash of a police helicopter is being used by the FAA as well as police investigators to determine a cause for the crash so that future tragedy can hopefully be avoided.

    The fact that you knew the deceased officer, whether he was an only child or one with many siblings, or whether the image used matched the helicopter that crashed or not has little bearing on the value of the video in question. And any effort to record it, albeit in hindsight, and avail it to investigators should be lauded and appreciated.

  8. nd2010

    May 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    The video was invaluable for the investigation into the crash. Calling the police a minute earlier wouldn’t help much.

  9. PositiveRater

    May 7, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    An aviator is dead – yet flyertalk begins with a chirpy: “Ever wonder what TSA agents get up to when they’re off duty?”

    Indeed, a once commendable website is now in free-fall descent. Damn shame.

  10. PositiveRater

    May 7, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Ah – my comment is “awaiting moderation”. I’m reassured to note that my First Amendment rights require no moderation…

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