Border Patrol: Thrown rock damages helicopter rotor

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 2:26 PM

ROMA, Texas -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the CBP helicopter forced down in the Lower Rio Grande Valley had its main rotor damaged by a rock launched from the ground.

A CBP statement issued Thursday says the assailant who launched the rock Tuesday afternoon hasn’t been identified.

The two-member crew of the American Eurocopter AS350 helicopter by was able to land the damaged aircraft safely without injury in a vacant lot in the border town of Roma.

The crew was from the CBP McAllen Air and Marine Branch was supporting Border patrol agents in Roma when it was downed.

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