VIDEO: A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter crashed at an airport in Oklahoma City during a training flight Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency responders, including the Oklahoma City Fire Department, were called to the 1700 block of North Cimarron Road in the area of the Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport. Two pilots – a teacher and a student – were aboard the helicopter.
Customs and Border Protection officials released a statement Wednesday evening about the crash, saying the helicopter ignited in flames after crashing. However, when Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson spoke with KFOR soon after the crash, he said the pilots told him that the helicopter ignited in flames prior to crashing.
“Our understanding is it went to the ground with them still in it, with it still on fire, and they got out on their own,” said Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson of the Fire Department.