Helicopter crashes along U.S.-Mexico border, killing three

Helicopter crashes along U.S.-Mexico border, killing three

March 9 (UPI) — A helicopter carrying a Border Patrol agent and three National Guard members has crashed along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas, killing three, military officials confirmed.

The Department of Defense Joint Task Force North said in a statement that a fourth soldier was injured in the crash that occurred just before 3 p.m. on Friday. Federal officials confirmed that two soldiers and a Border Patrol agent died in the crash.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately answer questions sent by The Texas Tribune.

The Fort Bliss-based agency said that the UH-72 Lakota helicopter was conducting operations as part of the federal Southwest border support mission when it went down.

The Department of Defense told the Tribune that the helicopter was not associated with Operation Lone Star, the state’s border enforcement mission that is utilizing National Guard members.

On Friday evening, the Starr County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that its deputies were assisting with a downed helicopter on the east side of the county.

The federal agency does not plan to release the names of the deceased until next of kin have been notified.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. Read the original here. The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  » …
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