Sunday, August 2, 2009

NYPD chopper makes emergency landing in Queens

From the Daily News by Zachary Goelman AND Wil Cruz:

An NYPD chopper made an emergency landing early Saturday, flying low over some homes in Queens before safely setting down in a soccer field, a witness said.

The helicopter landed on the Metropolitan Oval Soccer Field in Maspeth just before 3 a.m., police said.

No one was injured.

"I was taking out the trash when I heard it," said Mike Chambers, 49, who lives nearby. "It cleared the houses by like 30 feet, and the fence by maybe 10.

"It came down fast, but smooth," Chambers added.

"Real fast." It's unclear why the helicopter pilot felt the need to make an emergency landing. The aircraft had no no mechanical problems, police said.

"They just figured it was safest to land," said a police source.

"It was just a precaution."

Another NYPD helicopter carrying mechanics was brought in to check on the chopper before it was flown back to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

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