CBP helicopter goes down near Falfurrias

Viewer Photo: Helicopter dropping off injured Border Patrol agents at McAllen Medical Center

Authorities are investigating what caused a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter to go down near Falfurrias.

The CBP Air & Marine helicopter went down in the La Copa Ranch just southwest of the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint around 8:10 a.m. Friday.

CBP officials said two air interdiction agents and one Border Patrol agent were aboard the AS-350 helicopter at the time.

The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in the brush.

All three people aboard the helicopter were injured and airlifted to the McAllen Medical Center where they were listed in stable condition.

CBP officials said the three received non-life-threatening injuries.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials said they will work with CBP to investigate what happened.

FAA officials told Action 4 News that there was engine fire moments before the helicopter went down.

It's not clear why the helicopter was patrolling the area or if the mission played a role but the incident remains under investigation.

CBP Statement

At 8:10 a.m. on Jan. 10, two U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction Agents (AIA) and one U.S. Border Patrol Agent were injured in a AS-350 helicopter crash near Falfurrias, Texas, after the pilot made an emergency landing. All three of the injured CBP personnel were taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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