SELLS — The crew of a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office helicopter had a hard landing Wednesday north of Sells on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
According to PCSO, the helicopter was assisting the U.S. Border Patrol on an Operation Stonegarden mission and had to make an emergency landing due to a mechanical problem.
No one was injured in the landing and there was minor damage to the helicopter. PCSO is investigating what caused the problem.
The Sheriff’s Office and its helicopters have been known to work with the Border Patrol on a regular basis. Operation Stonegarden is a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant program that provides funding to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to help guard the U.S. border.
The helicopter is not the same PCSO helicopter that was involved in a 2013 emergency landing. The 2013 emergency landing also involved a mechanical problem.