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MD Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In D.C. Football Field

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By Kavitha Cardoza

A police helicopter from Prince George's County, Maryland made an emergency landing in southeast Washington after a mechanical light warned of trouble.

The helicopter landed safely in a football field at 46th and F streets, Southeast, a few blocks from Davis Elementary's school yard, says Pete Piringer, spokesperson for D.C.'s fire department. Piringer says there was "no fire, no crash, and no injuries."

Two police officers on board were evaluated.

The school was evacuated shortly before the landing as a precaution, in case the helicopter crashed. Piringer says a crew hopes to fly out tonight.

"They are bringing in a mechanic with some parts to the scene and hope to leave as soon as they can," he says.

Piringer says while landing in a football field is "not a common occurrence" officers do train for scenarios like this.


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