NTSB Identification: CEN14GA109
14 CFR Public Use
Accident occurred Friday, January 10, 2014 in Encino, TX
Aircraft: AMERICAN EUROCOPTER CORP AS350B3, registration: N3948A
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor.

: NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this public aircraft accident report.


On January 10, 2014, about 0815 central standard time, a Eurocopter AS350B3 helicopter, N3948A, impacted trees and terrain after a loss of control near Encino, Texas. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the two crew members sustained minor injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered and operated by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Washington, DC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a public use flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from the McAllen International Airport (KMFE), McAllen, Texas about 0610.

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