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FBI Arrests Man Accused of Crashing Drone into LAPD Helicopter, Forcing Emergency Landing

By Steve Neavling

FBI agents arrested a 22-year-old Hollywood man accused of recklessly operating a drone that crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter and forced it to make an emergency landing. 

Andrew Rene Hernandez was charged last week with a misdemeanor charge of operating an unmanned aircraft, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison. 

The LAPD chopper was providing air support on Sept. 18 while officers responded to a burglary call at a pharmacy in Hollywood. 

“As the helicopter approached the pharmacy, the pilot saw the drone and attempted to evade the unmanned aircraft,” the Justice Department said in a news release. “Despite the evasive efforts, the drone stuck the helicopter, forcing the pilot to initiate an emergency landing. The drone damaged the helicopter’s nose, antenna and bottom cowlings.”

According to the complaint, the collision could have been deadly.

“If the drone had struck the helicopter’s main rotor instead of the fuselage, it could have brought the helicopter down,” the complaint reads. 

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Stranded Man with 2 Broken Legs

border patrol helicopterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents rescued a 65-year-old man who was found along a treacherous stretch of the Rio Grande River.

Agents conducting a routine patrol on Feb. 27 discovered the man in severe pain on the Mexican bank of the river about 50 miles northwest of Del Rio, Texas, according to a press release.

Mexican officials were unable to reach the man, so a CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter and Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue agents scooped up the man and transported him to Mexican authorities.

“Hazardous terrain can add great risk to the inherent dangers of traversing remote areas,” Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak said in a statement. “Thanks to the keen eye of our Del Rio Sector marine agents, and with the coordination and support of our foreign partners, this man’s story did not end in greater tragedy.” 

Secret Service Agent First to Render Medical Aid to Pilot of Crashed Thunderbirds Jet

Secret-Service-BadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Denver-based Secret Service agent was the first person to render medical aid after a Thunderbirds jet crashed after the Air Force graduation, ABC7 reports.

Senior Special Agent Charlie Beans saw the Thunderbirds fly over the commencement.

The pilot was ejected from the plane before it went dow in Widefield, south of Colorado Springs.

“We had a little trouble finding it at first, there was no smoke coming up or anything,” said Beans, who was onboard a Colorado Air National Guard helicopter.

“You think the worst possible thing. I think ‘fireball,’ and did it hit a house and that kind of stuff, but thank goodness this one worked out pretty well,” said Beans. “As we were going towards it, we learned that the pilot did eject, so we were at least looking for that.”

Beans found the pilot walking around when the helicopter touched down.

“The crew members looked back at me, gave me the thumbs up. They brought him to me and loaded him in the helicopter,” said Beans. “I gave him a quick rapid trauma assessment, which is kind of something we do to make sure he doesn’t have any broken bones or he’s in shock or anything like that. I just grabbed his leg a couple of times, I said, ‘Is your back OK? Is your neck OK? Are your legs OK? Brother we’re going to get you out of here, just sit back.'”

Residents, Local Law Enforcement Concerned about Homeland Security Helicopter Flying Over Michigan City

Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 8.44.02 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Residents and local law enforcement have raised serious questions about why a Homeland Security helicopter was spotted flying over the area of Bad Axe, Michigan, WWJ reports.

Hoping to find out more about the helicopter and the reason it was flying over the area, Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson called the Aviation Unit in Detroit.

“I wasn’t satisfied with their answer to say the least, but I was told [the helicopter] was taking photos,” he explained. “I made them well aware that people are concerned, especially with what’s going on in the media.”

An email obtained by the Huron Daily Tribune suggested the helicopter was on a routine mission along the U.S.-Canada border.

“The Great Lakes Air and Marine Branch is responsible for more than 1,000 miles of international border with Canada, which is patrolled by both aircraft and vessels,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Public Affairs Officer Kris Grogan said in the email.

Border Patrol Agent Rescued Following ATV Crash in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is recovering from traumatic injuries after his ATV plunged over a ledge near the Rio Grande in Sanderson, Texas.

Agents from the Office of Air and Marine boarded a helicopter and rescued the agent soon after the crash.

“The safety of our officers and agents is critical. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. We are glad to say that our air crew was able to successfully extract this individual from an extremely remote location to safety,” Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent Clay Tippit said in a press release.

The agent was treated and stabilized and then sent to a hospital via helicopter.

“We work closely with other agencies in the area especially Border Patrol. When an agent, or any individual, is injured we do everything we can to ensure an outcome such as this. Everyone worked together and got this injured agent the care that he needed. Because of that, I can gladly say that the agent has been released from the hospital and is doing well,” said Tippit.

 

 

Border Patrol Makes Rare Move by Firing Warning Shots from Blackhawk Helicopter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a rare show of force, Border Patrol agents fired warning shots from a Blackhawk helicopter to stop a panga boat that authorities suspected was smuggling drugs off the San Diego coast, the Associated Press reports.

The boat was spotted by the Coast Guard, and men were spotted throwing what authorities believe were bales of marijuana overboard.

Two Border Patrol boats also became involved in the pursuit.

Agents fired several warning shots after the boat refused to stop.

The warning shots worked: The three men on the boat surrendered and stopped the boat.

Border Patrol said it has never used such a tactic on the West Coast.

Thrown Rock Downs Border Patrol Helicopter in Lower Rio Grande Valley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A rock launched from the ground struck a Border Patrol helicopter, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in a vacant lot, the Associated Press reports.

Whoever threw the rock could not be found, CBP said in a statement.

The two-member crew of the American Eurocopter AS350 were not injured when they landed safely in the border town of Roma.

The crew was helping Border Patrol agents in Roma when the incident happened, the AP reported.

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Border Patrol Pilot in Hot Water After Flying Helicopter Over Football Field for Son

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A father who flew a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol helicopter over a high school football field in northern Virginia has some explaining to do, the Washington Times reports.

From the low-flying helicopter, the border patrol pilot dropped a stuffed animal that carried an invitation to the homecoming dance from his son to a girl on Sept. 12.

It may have won over the 17-year-old student, but the federal government wasn’t as tickled, the Times reported.

“CBP management is looking into the matter and the pilot in command of the aircraft has been relieved and reassigned to administrative duties pending completion of the review of the incident,” Michael Friel, a spokesman for customs and Border Protection, said in a statement.

The pilot’s identity wasn’t released.

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