'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.