Texas helicopter deployed to border crashes during flight

AUSTIN, Texas — A state police helicopter deployed to the southern border by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott crashed near the U.S.-Mexico boundary Thursday evening, the Washington Examiner has learned.

A Texas Department of Public Safety single-engine helicopter carrying two crew members went down after sunset around 7:20 p.m. local time while conducting a border interdiction patrol fight as part of Operation Lone Star, a Texas DPS spokeswoman wrote in an email late Thursday.

“This flight was conducted at night, under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions utilizing night vision goggles, and the crew consisted of a pilot and copilot,” the DPS wrote in a statement.

#BREAKING: A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter deployed to the southern border as part of Gov. Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star crashed late Thursday

Pilot and copilot were the only crew on board and were mildly injured
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