NYPD Chopper Forced To Make Daring Landing

Police Commissoner Credits Crew For Reacting 'Like Pros'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a thumbs up Wednesday night from the crew members who were aboard a malfunctioning NYPD helicopter that crash landed into Jamaica Bay earlier in the day.

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Police commissioner Ray Kelly said the crew on board was providing security for President Barack Obama’s arrival at the United Nations.

“We’re lucky. We’re fortunate, you know?” Kelly told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “The pilot stated as she was coming in for a landing to refuel, she heard a loud bang and then lost altitude rapidly and landed on the water.”

That’s no easy feat. With only seconds to spare, the veteran pilot kept her cool, deploying flotation devices enabling the crippled craft to land upright.

All six NYPD officers aboard escaped serious injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out.

“Obviously they feel fortunate. This could have been much worse. But they’re pros. They reacted like pros,” Kelly said.

Despite back and neck injuries, they walked out of the hospital all smiles.

“Just happy we walked out of it,” NYPD scuba diver Mike Casali said, who later added he was very proud of how the pilot reacted.

The helicopter involved is a brand new twin-engine Bell 412 — put into service this past December.

The helicopter was expected to be taken to a nearby hangar, where investigators will pour through it to find the mechanical failure. In the meantime, the National Transportation Safety Board will have final determination for the cause of Wednesday’s scare in the air.

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  • Bell engineer

    PORE through it

  • HDRW

    I’d guess it was a main gearbox failure – meaning something in it broke (the bang) and the rotors no longer received any power, so it descended. A nighmare for a helicopter pilot, especially close to the ground, but something they train for.
    Thank the designers for fitting flotation bags – exiting a sunken helicopter is no fun!

  • jason

    Why is it GOD always gets the credit when a pilot uses her/his training in a situation like this. It’s not like the pilot just let go of the controls and started praying for a safe landing. I say, give the pilots some credit, and give GOD credit for tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanos, well you get the idea.

  • Yohai

    I wonder what caused the loud bang. Good pilot did not loose her cool. kudos.

  • Eliud

    Credit should be given to God for saving their lives and not human beings by branding em pros.

  • Poor Pour Pore

    They will pore through it, not pour through it.

    • zipster1967

      Actually in this articvle the correct usage is pour. They will be going through the helicopter as liquid pouring through a container. Coversing every surface. they used the correct pour I would refrain from correcting someone else’s speech until you are absolutely sure of your own.

      • christine

        Actually, zipster, the correct word is “pore”. Check the dictionary, and learn the differences in word usage before you criticize, my friend.

        Pore – 1. to read or study with steady attention or application: a scholar poring over a rare old manuscript. 2. To gaze earnestly or steadily: to pore over a painting. 3. to meditate or ponder intently.

        Pour – 1. to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from one container to another, or into, over, or on something: to pour a glass of milk; to pour water on a plant. 2. to emit or propel, esp. continuously or rapidly: The hunter poured bullets into the moving object. 3. to produce or utter in or as in a stream or flood (often fol. by out ): to pour out one’s troubles to a friend.

  • louis crespo

    Nyc police are the best and there hot….

    • Bill

      It’s “they”re”

  • Dg

    Too bad i was the first boat to help them off i was fishing like 300 ft away so it all happen i had 3 members from the chopper on my boat took them to shore

  • cluelessinky

    Old pilots, bolds pilots but no old bold pilots I trust that the pilot in command for this gets to grow very old and enjoy his pension

    • zipster1967

      Pardon me cluelessinsky “His pension”? The pilot was a woman. Why do people always expect certain jobs to be done by men. And I am glad that they are all safe.

      • Whirygirl

        Actualy, acording to the preliminary NTSB report…the helicopter was safely landed by the MALE pilot, who had a higher rated pilot’s license (Airline Transport Rating). So maybe the media owes HIM a correction/appology!!!

  • Jack Arse

    You call running out of gas and crashing into the bay a “forced emergency landing”?? LOL cops always find a way to make me laugh! Good job guys!

    • John

      I think you better try to understand the situation first before you make a DUMB comment. The chopper DID NOT RUN OUT OF FUEL, instead, they were coming in for a landing to refuel when a mechanical failure occurred. way to go NYPD flight crew. Thank God you’re all safe…

  • Hank

    Thank God they are all OK. These Officers are the best of the best and on duty for us all 24/7. Thanks for your service you are never unnoticed or not appreciated. Stay Safe.

    • Johnny

      Give us a break already.

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