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      DPS flies its spy plane near Mexico border

      SAN ANTONIO (AP) - State pilots have flown a $7.4 million high-altitude spy plane from San Antonio to Fort Stockton.

      The San Antonio Express News reports that the Swiss-made aircraft was flown Friday by Texas Department of Public Safety pilots. It was equipped with $1 million worth of surveillance cameras.

      The flight took an hour and 17 minutes at an altitude of 16,000 feet.

      A DPS spokesman said the aircraft assisted ground personnel in Terrell County, bordering Mexico, in locating two subjects suspected of firing a weapon during an incident with law enforcement earlier Friday.

      The aircraft has a pressurized cabin, allowing it to fly up to 30,000 feet high.

      DPS purposed the plane in 2012 for surveillance and to assist U.S.-Mexico border operations. It's also been used to support emergency situations.___

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