A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter crashed in Kinney County whereas serving to floor crews observe a gaggle of migrants trying to keep away from apprehension within the brush. The two crew members onboard didn’t maintain any main accidents, in line with a regulation enforcement supply.
At roughly 7:25 p.m. on January 11, a Texas DPS helicopter skilled an inflight emergency and appeared to crash land right into a subject in Kinney County. The helicopter crew was reported to be helping a DPS brush crew with monitoring a gaggle of migrants trying to keep away from apprehension whereas mountain climbing via a Texas ranch near the border area.
DPS helicopter crews routinely help troopers and Border Patrol brokers on the bottom as they observe migrants marching via the comb.
The Texas Department of Public Safety issued the next assertion Thursday night time:
On Jan 11, 2024, at roughly 7:20 p.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) single-engine police helicopter was conducting a border interdiction patrol flight in help of Operation Lone Star. This flight was performed at night time, underneath Visual Flight Rules (VFR) situations using night time imaginative and prescient goggles, and the crew consisted of a pilot and copilot. The location was North FM 1908, simply west of FM 131 in Kinney County.
During the flight, the crew skilled a complete lack of energy, entered into an auto-rotative descent and made contact with the bottom. The co-pilot sustained a minor hand harm, and the helicopter sustained substantial injury.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been notified, and the Texas Highway Patrol is securing the scene till their arrival. DPS is not going to be releasing additional particulars till the completion of the NTSB investigation.
The Del Rio Sector is likely one of the busiest Border Patrol sectors alongside the southwest border with Mexico. During a latest two-week interval, Del Rio Sector brokers apprehended practically 35,000 migrants.
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served because the Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for 9 Border Patrol Stations throughout the Del Rio, Texas, Sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.
Bob Price is the Breitbart Texas-Border staff’s affiliate editor and senior information contributor. He is an authentic member of the Breitbart Texas staff. Price is an everyday panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday morning speak present. He additionally serves as president of Blue Wonder Gun Care Products. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.