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Helicopter makes emergency landing

A Prince George's County police helicopter has made an emergency landing in Southeast Washington after a mechanical light warned of trouble.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says rescuers evaluated two police officers who were on board. He says the Maryland helicopter was able to land softly Thursday with no injuries and no fire.

It landed shortly before 6 p.m. in a football field at 46th and F streets SE. Rescuers responded with fire trucks, which turned out to be unnecessary.

Officials planned to have the helicopter land at Davis Elementary's schoolyard. The school was evacuated as a precaution shortly before the landing, in case the helicopter crashed.

The helicopter didn't make it to the landing site but touched down in the field nearby.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  |  March 11, 2010; 6:04 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Dulles , Safety  
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