Smoke in the cockpit prompted a Westchester County police helicopter to make an emergency landing in New Jersey this morning, Thursday officials said.
The helicopter crew was helping the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police search for a lost hiker when the pilot smelled smoke around 10:15 a.m., Westchester County police spokesman Kieran O’Leary said.
The pilot then saw some smoke in the cockpit and decided to find a safe place to land, O’Leary said. The helicopter landed safely in a parking lot at State Line Lookout in Alpine, he said. The pilot and tactical flight officer in the helicopter were not injured.
Palisades Interstate Parkway Police said the helicopter made a “hard landing, skidding approximately 30 feet before coming to rest.” The local Alpine Fire Department arrived to the scene and found no fire.
The cause of the smoke has not yet been determined. The helicopter will be towed back to Westchester, O’Leary said.
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