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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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