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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on August 4th CBP Helicopter Crash

File photo of Miami Dade Police EC AS350B3, (not the one involved in the crash).On Tuesday August 4th at 1630 hours a Department of Homeland Security, Customs & Border Protection helicopter (similar to the one pictured above) crash landed at Herlong Airport in Jacksonville Florida causing substantial damage to the aircraft but only minor injuries to one of the occupants.

The helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350B3, and crew were on a training flight and were practicing hydraulics off approaches to a hover- when the helicopter contacted the ground, spun and rolled over onto it's side according to the NTSB's preliminary report.  The Certified Flight Instructor suffered minor injuries while the commercial pilot was not injured. 

The helicopter suffered substantial damage to the fuselage, tail rotor and main rotor system.