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Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

Todd Pittenger - March 13, 2014 10:43 am

The helicopter landed softly, and safely, in a field.  (photo by KHP Trooper J.L. Riedel)

The helicopter landed softly, and safely, in a field. (photo by KHP Trooper J.L. Riedel)

First responders spread out in Southern Saline County in search of a downed helicopter Thursday morning. A report of a K-State Salina training helicopter making an emergency landing prompted the search.

Kansas State Troopers located the helicopter in a wheat field, just off Ohio Street, near the Saline / McPherson County line in McPherson County.

KHP Trooper J.L. Riedel told KSAL News at the scene that a mechanical problem prompted the pilot to make an emergency landing. The two-seat helicopter landed softly, and safely, in the wheat field. There were no injuries.

Riedel says that a K-State helicopter mechanic responded to the scene. The plan was to repair the mechanical problem, and then fly the helicopter back to Salina.

Saline County Sheriff Deputies, along with state troopers on the ground and in the air, were involved in the search.

A second helicopter arrives with a mechanic. (photo by KHP Trooper J.L. Riedel)

A second helicopter arrives with a mechanic. (photo by KHP Trooper J.L. Riedel)

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