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Navy helicopter makes emergency landing in park

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A Navy helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a South Bay park Thursday, but no one was injured.

Alex Noriega was at his Chula Vista home when he heard a military aircraft fly by his house, twice.Helicopter-in-Park

“All of a sudden we started feeling the house moving,” said Noriega.

The chopper landed two blocks away in Terra Nova Park, off of Hidden Vista Drive.

The park is located directly behind Clear View Elementary School, where Noriega’s son attends kindergarten.

“It’s sort of nerve-wracking to know that it was so close to the elementary school and the school was still in session,” said Noriega.

No one in the helicopter or on the ground was injured and the helicopter was not damaged.

The helicopter was attached to HSM Squadron 41 stationed at Naval Air Station North Island, a Navy spokesman said. A Navy crew was sent to the park to repair the helicopter.

“It’s something you don’t see everyday, it’s surprising,” said Noriega.  “I’m just glad that everything went fine, that no one was hurt.”


10 Comments to “Navy helicopter makes emergency landing in park”

    lmbowler said:
    March 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Reblogged this on Bowler's Desk and commented:
    Navy helicopter makes emergency landing in park

    Alfredo said:
    March 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I use to be stationed at this squadron. Now I work as a civilian for them. I thought this was crazy when I heard this…

      Guest said:
      March 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      What's crazy? The aircraft had a mechanical problem and the aircrew reacted properly and landed it. No big deal.

    Desert Tortoise said:
    March 15, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    When there is a system emergency and the NATOPS Manual says "Land as soon as possible", you do exactly that. It was a safe landing, no one hurt, no equipment damaged, no property damage. The crew did the right thing.

    idiot said:
    March 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM


    DT from the Fee said:
    March 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Sounds like everything turned out fine. Nice job aircrew. The neighbors will whine. Oh well.

    Alex said:
    March 18, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    I agree. This was a case where the 'copter had developed a problem, the crew calmly and carefully put the bird down safely, no one was hurt and no property was damaged.

    Save for a little lawn maintenance perhaps.

    Kudos to the aircrew.

    Rosalia Farrell said:
    March 24, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Thanks for sharing this. Keep up the good work. I really appreciate this sharing this. Nice and informative article.

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