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'Bang' Forces NYPD Chopper to Make Water Landing

'Bang' Forces NYPD Chopper to Make Water Landing

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

September 23, 2010

NEW YORK CITY – An NYPD helicopter pilot patrolling the air space before Air Force One landed at Kennedy Airport brought out her inner Chesley Sullenberger – making an emergency landing on Wednesday in Jamaica Bay.

The six-member crew survived with minor injuries after Detective Erin Nolan was forced to splash down around 4 p.m. because of a mechanical problem. The cops were treated at Lutheran Medical Center and released after the alarming landing about 30 yards from their base at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

The air-sea rescue chopper was about to refuel at the base before escorting President Obama to the Wall Street heliport, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

But a loud bang just before the chopper planned to land at the base forced it to take a dive.

Nolan, a 12-year veteran of the force, and her co-pilot, Detective James Varga, were able to deploy flotation devices from the chopper’s skids just before touching down, Kelly said.

Capt. Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger safely glided a US Airways jet onto the Hudson River last year after a bird strike disabled its engines.


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    djs2v

    almost 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Outstanding job!!

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    cjbs2003

    almost 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    Must have been one hell of a bang to put that bird down...

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    I hate flying

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    Drill_Sergeant

    almost 4 years ago

    142 Comments

    Awesome... as they say, any landing you can walk (or in this case, swim) away from, is a good landing!

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    grant319

    almost 4 years ago

    1208 Comments

    Good to hear there were only minor injuries. Nice Job Sully regardless of whether or not the bird is ok you brought your crew home and thats all that matters.

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    OlSkoolBlu89

    almost 4 years ago

    2484 Comments

    Glad to hear they are okay

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    shaun741

    almost 4 years ago

    2758 Comments

    Good job everyone got to go home

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    Suzanne07

    almost 4 years ago

    252 Comments

    Great Job! Glad everyone involved is safe.

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    kadan

    almost 4 years ago

    626 Comments

    Glad they're safe!

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    NYPDALT

    almost 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    Glad all MOS are okay. Great job by the pilot and Harbor for the rescue

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    blueshield

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    Good aviator !

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Great job by the Air Unit and the Harbor Unit.
    Glad all MOS are ok.

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    philfroggy

    almost 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Glad everyone is ok

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    arroyol

    almost 4 years ago

    696 Comments

    Good job

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50260 Comments

    Outstanding job by Det. Nolan and Det. Varga.

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