On January 18, 2018, a helicopter crash in New Mexico claimed the lives of two Houstonians. Investor Charles Burnett III and former Pasadena Police Chief, Paul Cobb, were among the dead. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the private UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed at about 6:00 pm in a mountainous and remote area about 15 miles east of Raton Municipal Airport. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
In July 2016, Texas saw the deadliest hot air balloon crash in American history when Alfred "Skip" Nichols piloted his balloon into power lines near Lockhart, killing himself and 15 passengers. It has now been revealed in an October 17 meeting of the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington that Nichols was impaired by Valium, opioids, and other medication, and had psychological conditions that affected his decision-making. As quoted by the Associated Press, NTSB medical officer Dr. Nicholas Webster reported that there was enough Benadryl in Nichols' system to have "the impairing effect of a blood-alcohol level" of a drunk driver.