3 safe after PCSO chopper forced down near I-8 - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

UPDATE

3 safe after PCSO chopper forced down near I-8

A pilot and two passengers escaped serious injury when engine problems forced this Pinal County Sheriff's Office helicopter down Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News) A pilot and two passengers escaped serious injury when engine problems forced this Pinal County Sheriff's Office helicopter down Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) -

Three people escaped serious injury when a Pinal County Sheriff's Office helicopter was forced down near Interstate 8 on Tuesday morning.

The pilot was able to bring the chopper down in what was described as a "hard landing" in a dirt field near I-8 and Peart Road, after experiencing engine problems about 7:15 a.m., a PCSO spokeswoman said.

None of the three people on board, the pilot, tactical flight officer and mechanic were seriously injured, and they refused medical treatment at the crash site. However, all were taken to a nearby hospital as dictated by protocol, but all were released, the spokeswoman said.

The three, all county employees, were on a mechanical flight when the engine failed, forcing the pilot to put down in the remote desert south of Casa Grande, just missing some high tension power lines. 

News video showed the helicopter on its side, the tail section a few yards away and its rotors bent.

The helicopter, a 1990 MD Helicopters 500E, has been part of the PCSO Aviation Unit since December of 2011. The helicopter was procured with funding from the Arizona State Legislature to give PCSO the air support they needed to patrol the active border crime corridors of Pinal County.

The pilot has been flying for Pinal County Sheriff's Office for the last five years, and has logged nearly 1,200 hours of flight.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. 

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

    N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:32 AM EDT2018-05-24 10:32:00 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 1:34 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:34:03 GMT
    Journalists took a long journey up to North Korea to witness the destruction of what North Korea said were nuclear sites. (Source: CNN)Journalists took a long journey up to North Korea to witness the destruction of what North Korea said were nuclear sites. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists.

    Full Story >

    North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists.

    Full Story >
  • Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:52:19 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 1:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:32:40 GMT
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

    Full Story >

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

    Full Story >
  • Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL in Afghan assault

    Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL in Afghan assault

    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 19:12:14 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 1:25 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:25:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump stands with Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski during a ceremony to award him the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Slabinski o...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump stands with Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski during a ceremony to award him the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Slabinski o...
    President Donald Trump has awarded the Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who oversaw a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002.Full Story >
    President Donald Trump has awarded the Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who oversaw a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002.Full Story >
Powered by Frankly