NEW YORK — A New York Police Department helicopter carrying six officers was forced to make an emergency water landing on Wednesday after a suspected mechanical failure.
The landing was rough enough to cause a rotor to snap and dent the windshield, police said. But all of those aboard — a three-member flight crew, a trainee and two scuba divers — escaped serious harm. One person was treated for a minor injury.
The emergency landing occurred at about 3:45 p.m. as the chopper was approaching an NYPD air field bordering Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn. The crew deployed flotation devices before touching down about 30 yards from shore.
A harbor unit pulled the officers off the aircraft as it floated upright in the water.
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The exact cause of the emergency was unknown, but police spokesman Paul Browne said officials suspected mechanical failure.