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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Republican Leader on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement on the helicopter crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula today, which took the lives of five American citizens.

“I am heartbroken by today’s tragic news that seven uniformed members of the Multinational Force and Observers, including five American citizens, were killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. I extend my condolences to the family and friends of these brave individuals.

“I was especially sad to learn that one of Texas’ own was killed in this tragic accident. Captain Seth Vandekamp was from Katy, TX and his family still lives there today. I want the Vandekamps to know the Katy community is with you during this difficult time.

“I had the privilege of visiting the MFO and seeing the important work this mission does to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East. We are forever grateful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this mission.”