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Customs and Border Protection chopper makes emergency landing near Douglas

Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-27 21:07:39-04

A pilot on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was not hurt after a hard landing the desert between Douglas and Naco, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

CBP spokesman Victor Brabble said the incident happened around 4 p.m. south of the Remax Foothills, just east of Bisbee, Ariz.

Only the pilot was onboard and appeared to be uninjured. It is unclear whether the helicopter came down near any people or structures.

CBP's Office of Air and Marine uses Blackhawk helicopters for various Border Patrol operations, such as rescuing immigrants who are lost in the desert. They also are used to arrest suspected smugglers who are in remote areas.

The National Transportation Safety Board and CBP are investigating the cause of the emergency landing.