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Border Patrol pilot lands copter in alfalfa field

March 01, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — An El Centro sector U.S. Border Patrol helicopter made an unscheduled landing south of this city this morning when a warning light came on during flight.

The helicopter's pilot set the aircraft down in an alfalfa field along Dogwood Road around 7 a.m. as a precautionary measure, said Border Patrol spokesman Manny Figueroa.

Several Border Patrol agents, not knowing the nature of the landing, headed to the field to make sure the pilot was safe.

The helicopter was flown back to a Border Patrol hangar by 8:15 a.m.

The problem, thought to be electrical, is being investigated.

The helicopter's pilot, the only person aboard, was uninjured in the incident.

Figueroa said he didn't think the pilot was in any danger and stressed the landing was purely precautionary.

In a separate incident, Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle west of El Centro in which nine undocumented immigrants were traveling.

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