Mechanical failure forces emergency landing of police helicopter

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Omaha Police Helicopter, Able-1, experienced a mechanical failure on Tuesday forcing an emergency landing.

According to authorities, pilots took immediate, emergency action, designated a safe landing spot just northwest of the Omaha North Airport, and landed in an open field.

There were no injuries to either pilot on board or any bystanders or citizens. The aircraft suffered damage making it inoperable.

The Omaha Police Department Air Support Unit was starting its second day of Annual training where a hired contractor thoroughly reviews emergency procedures and protocols, including the one utilized in this incident. This emergency landing did not occur during a training exercise.

Thanks to the pilots for their quick thinking and calm response to this very critical situation.

The Omaha Police Department still has two mission ready aircraft. This particular aircraft was a military acquired Bell OH58.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.