MARFA, TX – Six illegal aliens escaped serious injury Thursday when a plane they were in crashed near the U.S.-Mexico border in Presidio County.
According to the Presidio County Sheriff's Office, on Dec. 30, deputies with the Presidio County Sheriff's Office responded to an airplane crash north of the Presidio International Airport at approximately 3:51 p.m..
Deputies arrived on scene and assisted the injured passengers where they discovered that the crash was a smuggling attempt gone wrong.
The pilot attempted to smuggle several illegal aliens from Presidio by air. Investigators believe the excess weight of the passengers (6 passengers in a 4 seat aircraft) and low fuel contributed to the cause of the crash.
Presidio Police Officers, U.S. Border patrol, Presidio EMS, TxDOT and Presidio Fire Department workers arrived on scene to assist the search and rescue efforts. Some of the illegals were transported to hospitals in El Paso and others were detained by U.S. Border Patrol. The pilot fled the scene and is wanted for questioning. The Presidio County Sheriff's Office will continue investigating and filing smuggling charges on the person or persons involved.
If you have any information on this or other illegal activities please contact the Presidio County Sheriff's Office 432-729-4848.