By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Los Angeles City Fire Department, KTLA 5 and KCBS 2 (Information):
Hollywood, California: KTLA 5 news helicopter makes an emergency landing on Monday, August 27th, 2012 after smoke was spotted by SKY2 news helicopter.
Picture: KCBS 2 (Courtesy):
The scary moments occurred at around 6:00 p.m. PT as KTLA 5 and Sky2 for KCBS 2 as well as for KCAL 9 were covering a shotgun-wielding man reportedly firing at construction workers in Hollywood, California when SKY2 pilot Dan Catalano noticed smoke coming from the rear of the KTLA 5 news helicopter.
“Looked like they were having a problem. I turned and looked and saw smoke coming out of the engine of the SKY5 helicopter,” said SKY2 pilot Dan Catalano.
On the radio, SKY2 pilot Dan Catalano alerted KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn, and the KTLA 5 pilot immediately declared on the radio an emergency landing.
“I’m just putting it down for an emergency landing. I’ve got smoke coming out of the engine. Don’t talk to me right now,” KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn said on the radio.
As KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn looked for a safe spot to make an emergency landing, the cockpit started to fill with smoke.
Along side SKY2 pilot Dan Catalano was SKY2 reporter Stu Mundel was they followed the KTLA 5 news helicopter.
“It makes you feel a little uncomfortable, maybe a little vulnerable, because you can’t help those guys. You can only really watch and hope for the best,” said SKY2 reporter Stu Mundel.
KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn found a safe spot to make an emergency landing, an empty parking lot located at 6638 Franklin Avenue.
As the KTLA 5 news helicopter prepared for the emergency landing, motorists as well as nearby residents watched as the news helicopter landed safely in the empty parking lot.
After the safe emergency landing, KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn along with his passenger, KTLA 5 photographer Jeff Laabs, exited the KTLA 5 news helicopter without injuries.
Firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department along with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department arrived soon after the emergency landing to inspect the helicopter.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, there was no longer any fire or danger, and the cause of the fire was a crack in the engine which caused an oil leak.
“I’m very grateful that we’re okay. Any landing in a helicopter that you can walk away from is a good landing,” said KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn.
As for KTLA 5 photographer Jeff Laabs, this experience all occurred on his second day on the job.
“Definitely had my heart pumping. I was nervous, I was shocked, I was scared, all in one. Second day of shooting news and now we are the news,” said KTLA 5 photographer Jeff Laabs.
The KTLA 5 news helicopter remained in the parking lot overnight with security, and is scheduled to be transported to an aircraft hanger for repairs.
a crack in the engine caused an oil leak, which led to the emergency.
The helicopter pilot was able to land safely. The landing at 6638 Franklin Ave. was reported at 6:05 p.m., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
, and decided to make the safely brought the chopper down. Lynn and his passenger, KTLA photographer Jeff Laabs, exited without injury.
According to SKY2 pilot Dan Catalano,
Soon after, KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn declared an emergency on the radio.
“I’m just putting it down for an emergency landing, just off Highland. I’ve got smoke coming out of the engine. Don’t talk to me right now,” said KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn over the radio.
According to KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn, “A lot of real white and blue smoke right behind me. There was just a lot of smoke. And then, as I started slowing down to make my turn before the final end to here, it filled the cockpit with smoke and I knew I had a real issue coming on.”
ZachNews would like to say great work to KTLA 5 pilot Tim Lynn and KTLA 5 photographer Jeff Laabs for remaining calm and safely landing the news helicopter well keeping the public safe; and great work to SKY2 pilot Dan Catalano and SKY2 reporter Stu Mundel for caring for the safety of your fellow news colleagues.
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