Copter Crash Check Will Take ‘Several Months’
It could take up to six months to figure out why a year-old NYPD search and rescue helicopter malfunctioned, forcing the pilot to make a crash landing in Jamaica Bay, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday.
The Bell 412 Chopper, on security patrol for the visit of President Barak Obama to the United Nations in Manhattan, was heading back to its base at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to refuel when it went down about 30 yards from touchdown.
The six officers on board, including Detective Erin Nolan, the first female cop to fly the copter, suffered minor injuries and all managed to exit the craft without problem.
A National Park spokesperson said that the helicopter was attempting to land at an NYPD helipad, a lessee within the boundaries of the historic airfield. The floatation device activated when the helicopter hit the water. Six persons were onboard; they were rescued and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The Park Police Marine Unit and other Jamaica Bay Park Police officers responded to the area to assist.
NYPD is investigating the cause of the crash.