According to information from the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call was received about 2:15 p.m. reporting a possible helicopter crash near the Mound Creek community in northeast Karnes County. The crash happened in an area about eight miles east of Gillett near County Road 277.
Deputies David Kunschik, David Morin and Mike Cantu arrived at the scene of the crash after locating the downed helicopter. Paramedic Casey Ebrom arrived to administer first aid to the two victims of the crash, helicopter pilot James Janysek, 29, of Karnes City and passenger Kyle Cordess, 27, of Fayetteville, Texas. Cordes is Janysek’s cousin, police said, and the two men were hunting wild hogs from the helicopter when the accident happened.
While on the way to the scene of the crash, Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva notified DPS and the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the accident.
Janysek and Cordes were hunting while hovering above their family farm in the helicopter when they noticed the tail rotor on the aircraft malfunctioned or stopped, causing the chopper to crash into a dried up stock tank. The two men were able to crawl out of the downed aircraft and notify family members who in turn called 911.
Sheriff’s office sources said that due to quick response and teamwork of the deputies, Paramedic Casey Ebrom, local fire department personnel and others, the two men were quickly located and prepared for AirLife transportation to University Hospital in San Antonio for treatment to non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash.