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Lane County OR helicopter in emergency landing

The Columbian
Published:

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Lane County, Ore., sheriff’s office says its helicopter made a safe emergency landing Friday after apparently hitting a large bird.

No one was injured.

The sheriff’s office says two sheriff’s volunteers who are also pilots were operating the helicopter at about 1,800 feet on a training flight when it appears a large bird hit the tail rotor, causing it to stop working properly.

Within about eight seconds, the pilot was able to land in a grassy field near Churchill High School in Eugene.

The Register-Guard says the aircraft will be trailered back to a hanger for a complete evaluation.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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