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L.A. Sheriff's Helicopter Lands On City Street

October 22, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of LASD.
Photo courtesy of LASD.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter was forced to land on a Lakewood street late Sunday after a bird struck the airborne unit.

The crew of LASD's Air 24 landed the American Eurocopter on Del Amo Street between Paramount Boulevard and Cherry Avenue at about 8:50 p.m. Del Amo was closed for about three hours, while the crew inspected the craft.

Airborne deputies requested a "precautionary landing" after hearing a loud noise coming from the aircraft while in flight. After landing safety on Del Amo, the flight crew checked the outside of the helicopter and determined the loud noise was being caused by a bird striking the fuselage (cabin) above the pilot canopy.

After assessing the mechanical condition of the helicopter, the crew was able to fly it back to the Aero Bureau. No one was injured, and there was no property damage caused by the landing.

Comments (5)

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Capt David-Ret LA County @ 10/23/2012 7:25 AM

stupid bird

Jet Ranger Jock @ 10/23/2012 10:40 AM

Didn't the bird remember to yield to an emergency unit ??

Richard Jellicoe @ 10/23/2012 7:57 PM

We can not ask the bird's opinion of the accident. However birds were in the sky before LASD Aero Bureau.

I think the bird might have something to say about the statement that no one was hurt.

Gutsy move to land at that time of night on Del Amo without the road being already closed. Helicopters having no break lights, or turn signals

Terry @ 10/24/2012 6:59 PM

Glad the air unit was okay and no humans were harmed.

My condolences to the bird's friends and family.

LAPD ASD has a stuffed sea gull for a mascot... I think it was a air to air collision victim that they recovered and adopted as a mascot.

Terry @ 10/24/2012 7:00 PM

Did anyone ticket the bird for failure to yield and no beak lights?

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