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Four Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash In South Texas
MSNBC

Posted on 01/23/2003 4:32:56 AM PST by leadpenny

Breaking News at the bottom of the screen. No on-air report.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: borderpatrol; drugskill; marines; militarizedborder; usmc; wod
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1 posted on 01/23/2003 4:32:56 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
FOX news reports that they were assisting the border patrol when it crashed.
2 posted on 01/23/2003 4:34:44 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (YATTA!)
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3 posted on 01/23/2003 4:38:09 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
On MSNBC - two Super Cobras on drug patrol.
4 posted on 01/23/2003 4:38:48 AM PST by StriperSniper (Start heating the TAR, I'll go get the FEATHERS.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Where's Congressman Tancredo? This tells me the military is on the border...
5 posted on 01/23/2003 4:40:33 AM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: StriperSniper
This is a horrible loss.
6 posted on 01/23/2003 4:42:10 AM PST by leadpenny ($62,944, whose dollar is going to put it over the top?)
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To: leadpenny
What a horrible loss! Why are there so many military helicopter crashes?
7 posted on 01/23/2003 4:44:56 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Dante3
At the risk of speculation, I would say they were using night vision devices and not using running lights.
8 posted on 01/23/2003 4:47:50 AM PST by leadpenny ($62,944, whose dollar is going to put it over the top?)
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To: leadpenny
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-01-23-copter-crash_x.htm

Two helicopters crash along Texas-Mexico border

FALCON HEIGHTS, Texas (AP) — Two Marine helicopters went down overnight along the Texas-Mexico border and authorities did not expect to find any survivors.

The crash of the AH1W Super Cobra helicopters occurred at Falcon State Park in far South Texas, near the Rio Grande.

Each helicopter carried a crew of two, officials said.

They said the helicopter crews were helping the U.S. Border Patrol in a drug trafficking case when the crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The helicopter crews were based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., but were operating out of Fort Bliss, an Army Post in far West Texas.


9 posted on 01/23/2003 4:48:27 AM PST by KS Flyover
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To: KS Flyover
Thank you. They are not saying it but it would seem as though it was a mid-air.
10 posted on 01/23/2003 4:51:53 AM PST by leadpenny ($62,944, whose dollar is going to put it over the top?)
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To: KS Flyover
They said the helicopter crews were helping the U.S. Border Patrol in a drug trafficking case when the crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

These choppers are equipped with very nice infra-red night vision gear, probably why they were being used for surveillance.

I am saddened by the loss of these fine, patriotic Marines.

11 posted on 01/23/2003 4:55:33 AM PST by LibKill (ColdWarrior. I stood the watch.)
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To: leadpenny
I live about 30 miles north of falcon heights and have been watching the choppers for the last few days great loss to Texas and America.
12 posted on 01/23/2003 5:32:59 AM PST by solo gringo
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To: solo gringo
Do you know any more about this? Any local TV/radio reports?
13 posted on 01/23/2003 5:40:36 AM PST by leadpenny ($62,944, whose dollar is going to put it over the top?)
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To: solo gringo
”I live about 30 miles north of falcon heights …”

That explains your screen name. Sounds like an interesting place.

14 posted on 01/23/2003 5:41:43 AM PST by elfman2
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To: solo gringo
MSNBC just showed some footage from the area. Heavy equipment and police vehicles moving into the area.
15 posted on 01/23/2003 5:46:03 AM PST by leadpenny ($62,944, whose dollar is going to put it over the top?)
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To: marajade
Where's Congressman Tancredo? This tells me the military is on the border...>>>>>>>>>>>


I'm sure Tom is in DC still after more security/military
on our borders, which is obvisously needed......

Unless you want to fight/fund some halfast "war on terror"
for the next thirty years........did we finally win our
halfast, 30 year, "war on drugs"?

(thoughts & prayers to these Marines and their families,
and to all trying to protect our borders.)
16 posted on 01/23/2003 5:55:22 AM PST by txdoda
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To: solo gringo
Looks like the drug runners are taking over most of the
U.S Parks along the southern border.
17 posted on 01/23/2003 6:02:32 AM PST by txdoda
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To: solo gringo
Jim Miklaszewski, MSNBC, said the helicopters collided. They were part of Task Force 6.
18 posted on 01/23/2003 6:03:38 AM PST by leadpenny ($62,944, whose dollar is going to put it over the top?)
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To: leadpenny
Oh wow how sad .. prayers to all on board and their families
19 posted on 01/23/2003 6:05:13 AM PST by Mo1 (Support Free Republic and become a Monthly Donor)
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To: leadpenny
It is likely that these troops were engaged in border defense/interdiction because the Treaty of Guadelupe(Mexiccan War) Hidalgo prohibited the use of US Army personnel in the border region. Since these Marines are "naval" personnel their actions satisfy the provisions of the agreement. Marines have been interdicting drugs on Mexican border for some time. Good thoughts and prayers to the families of the fallen. Semper fi Marines.
20 posted on 01/23/2003 6:17:31 AM PST by CharlesThe Hammer
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