NYPD Helicopter Makes Emergency Water Landing

By Jonathan Dienst and Hasani Gittens
|  Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010  |  Updated 6:57 PM EDT
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NYPD Helicopter Makes Emergency Water Landing

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The NYPD's Air Sea 12 after emergency water landing.

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An NYPD helicopter made an emergency landing in Jamaica Bay this afternoon

Fire officials said all six officers on board wer accounted for and there were no serious injuries.

One official described it  as a "soft landing" amid problems -- but the helicopter fell about fifty feet before hitting the bay. One of the rotors broke as the chopper hit the water and hit the windshield, which accounted for some of the minor injuries, officials said.

Officials say crew was coming into NYPD Aviation's base at Floyd Bennett Field for a landing at about 3:45 p.m., when mechanical problem developed, but they had time to deploy flotation devices.

A pilot, copilot, crew chief, a trainee and at two scuba divers were on board, officials said. They were being taken to Lutheran Hospital, officials said.

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