3 hurt after Border Patrol chopper sets down hard
Three passengers are being rushed to area hospitals.
By CINDY CARCAMO
The Orange County Register
SAN CLEMENTE - At least three people were rushed to hospitals after a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter made an emergency landing Thursday night for unclear reasons near the San Diego-Orange County line, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.About 7:35 p.m., fire officials responded to a call about an aircraft down at Old Man's beach at San Onofre State Beach, Fire Capt. Greg McKeown said. The helicopter landed on the shoreline, he added.The McDonnell Douglas 600N was forced to land in shallow water near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Gregor said.Preliminary reports show that there were three people on board who were able to get out of the helicopter with unknown injuries, Gregor added. All were taken to hospitals. At least one was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.Details about why the helicopters landed and exactly what went wrong are unclear.As of 9:30 p.m., calls to officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection went unanswered.