Police Helicopter Damaged in Emergency Landing

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COLUMBIA, Md. — Howard County Police say the department’s helicopter was damaged during an emergency landing on the football field of a Columbia high school after a mechanical failure, but no one was injured.

Officers were responding to a call around 11 p.m. Thursday when they had a mechanical problem and landed in the field at Wilde Lake High School. Police say the aircraft sustained significant damage, but damage to the field is minimal.

Police say there were four officers onboard including a pilot, tactical flight officer, and flight officer in-training from Howard County and a tactical flight officer from Anne Arundel County Police. The counties share flight personnel and equipment.

Police say the cause is under investigation. Federal inspectors are expected to visit the scene Friday.

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