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Jan 10, 2014 6:50 PM

Customs and Border Protection Helicopter Makes Hard Landing

FALFURRIAS - A Customs and Border Protection helicopter made a hard landing this morning on private ranch land south of Falfurrias this morning.

According to officials, three crew members were airlifted to McAllen Medical Center for treatment

There's no information on what led to the incident. The wreckage is within the La Copa Ranch fenceline.

A viewer out hunting on the ranch tells KRIS 6 News shortly before dawn about 20 illegal immigrants were spotted from a deer blind. The hunter called Border Patrol. Agents followed paths from the ground and also used a helicopter to search from the sky.

According to the hunter, the helicopter was attempting to land when the winds shifted directions, which he says caused the crash.

Border Patrol agents on the ranch told him the crash caused minor injuries, a broken arm and broken nose. Border Patrol issued this statement Friday afternoon.

"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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