U.S. Customs Helicopter Crashes In Texas

A U.S. Customs helicopter crashed Friday in Texas, injuring three.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter (ICE photo/file)

FALFURRIAS (January 10, 2014) A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter crashed Friday in South Texas injuring the three agents who were aboard.

The helicopter crashed Friday morning near Falfurrias.

Brooks County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Benny Martinez said the three agents aboard the helicopter were flown to a McAllen hospital for treatment.

Their injuries weren’t believed to be life threatening, he said.

The white helicopter came to rest tilted nearly on its side with twisted rotors in a small clearing surrounded by low trees.

The Border Patrol maintains a highway checkpoint south of town, about an hour's drive north of Texas-Mexico border.

The ranchlands south of Falfurrias are busy human smuggling routes as guides attempt to circumvent the checkpoint.


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