Navy helicopter makes emergency landing in park

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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.”


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