Mesa Police Department Helicopter Crash Lands in Gilbert

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
By George Hatcher

helicopterA Mesa Police Department helicopter had to make a hard landing in a field near Stapley Drive & Baseline Road in Gilbert, Arizona.

The incident happened at about 1 a.m. on June 8, when the chopper carrying two police pilots lost engine power and crashed.

According to Mesa Police Department Sgt. Tony Landato, “They had 10 to 15 seconds from engine failure to impact…. The preliminary information I have is that the pilot did a remarkable job avoiding homes by putting the helicopter down in a field… I’ve been told, luckily, there are no serious injuries.”

During the impact, the tail of helicopter broke off.

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