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CPD Chopper Makes Emergency Landing

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS (Ben Garbarek) -- A Columbus Police helicopter had to make an emergency landing after running into mechanical problems.

The chopper landed on the baseball field at Grandview Heights High School on 3rd Avenue.  Fortunately no one was hurt.

Neighbors said they're used to helicopter noise in the area, but they could sense something wasn't quite right.

"I just knew (the helicopter) was getting very close," said neighbor Cindy Hartsook.  "The noise had gotten so loud I ran to the front door.  It kept getting louder and it sounded very unusual, very deep thumping so I said to my husband, 'I think it's coming down'."

The helicopter landed without causing any major damage from the outside.  Mechanics worked on it for about two hours before it was able to take off again.

This is not the first time a police chopper has had to make an emergency landing.  Another helicopter made a hard landing in August on Sullivant Avenue.  That landing tore off part of the tail of the aircraft.

The entire fleet was grounded for two months this spring.  CPD has had to make changes to its record keeping after an internal investigation discovered the department was missing some required maintenance records.

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